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NASA’s HAVOC project: the odyssey to Venus


NASA is now developing an exiting project aimed at studying the atmosphere of Venus, dubbing it High Altitude Venus Operational Concept (HAVOC), which will focus  on designing the trajectory to Venus, performing aerocapture missions on Venus and Earth, and designing an airship able to protect itself and it’s equipment against the sulfuric acid in the planet’s atmosphere for 30 day crewed mission into Venus.

Venus is humanity’s next goal to beat in order to obtain more knowledge of the cosmos and better our odds in the coming missions in the sea of stars, the planet’s geological structure is quite similar to that of the Earth, but the same cannot be said when it comes to it’s surface, covered in craters, volcanoes, mountains, and lava plains, and the air being mostly carbon dioxide, possessing  a high enough temperature to melt lead, and thick clouds of sulfuric acid, these characteristics imbue the planet’s surface and lower atmosphere with a natural greenhouse effect that crown Venus as one of the hottest places on the solar system.

The HAVOC program has two ideas in mind that will allow for a closer study of Venus: a lighter than air vehicle able to carry a variety of instruments and probes; or a habitat and ascent vehicle manned by two astronauts in a mission that will last a maximum of 1 month.

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