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  1. #1 Landing On Venus 
    The Doctor Quantime's Avatar
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    I am curious as to what actually is on Venus beyond speculation and think it would be interesting to see whether Venus was actually like Earth once (which I know the theories are that the spin of Venus and direction never let the planet take off), or if it could be terraformed.

    I propose that a 'Venus land buggy' would be created under pressures equal to that of Venus atmosphere to then continually be contained in that pressure so that when the rocker carrying the buggy serparates and becomes destroyed when it enters Venus' atmosphere that the buggy can tolerate the stress and pressure long enough to collect vital geological data and samples and even better, bring them back to Earth. Is this feasible?

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    Administrator KALSTER's Avatar
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    I think the biggest obstacle would be to make a buggy that would be able to tolerate the large, lead melting temperatures on Venus. I also think that Venus’ rotational period could cause severe weather extremes that would make the whole venture not a feasible possibility. I think Mars would be a better option as far as terraforming goes.

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    Universal Mind John Galt's Avatar
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    We know a very great deal about what is on Venus. Detailed mapping of the surface has been conducted by the Magellan probe. Analysis and interpretation of the topography has provided insight into the rock character and geological history of the planet. Several Russian probes have landed on the surface and returned photographs and other information.
    Sample return missions would be hugely difficult from the surface, since the gravity well on Venus is almost as great as that on Earth. You might be able to cobble something together using a ballon and taking advantage of the very dense atmosphere. I'm sure someone at NASA will have had a radical proposal turned down by now. :?
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