If you think that making Mars habitable is hard enough, considering that no astronaut has ever landed there, you’re totally right! Astronomers know it very well, but that doesn’t stop some of them to not thinking about making another planet in the Solar System habitable as well.
Venus is one of those totally inhospitable worlds from our Solar System. The second-brightest object from our night sky might be beautiful when seen from far away, but as soon as you approach it, you’ll see its true nature. It’s a living hell! Surface temperatures reach even 475 degrees Celsius, the atmospheric pressure is crushing, and the planet is teeming with carbon dioxide. But all of these conditions don’t seem to scare and shatter the dreams of all astronomers.
Making Venus habitable by encasing it in a huge shell?
Futurism.com reveals a new ambitious theory of a NASA researcher for making Venus habitable to humans. Alex Howe is the NASA astrophysicist from Goddard Space Flight Center who’s behind the new study paper in question. The idea is to encase the entire planet Venus in a huge shell in an attempt to capture the toxic atmosphere below and further create a breathable atmosphere above. Simple, right? No, it’s not!
There’s no use preparing your luggage and hoping that you’ll finally get rid of this world for another one. The wild theory could be feasible only over the course of 200 years. Furthermore, it’s obviously not a walk in the park, judging by other factors as well.
The theory implies sending robots to Venus in order to get rid of the toxic atmosphere. The oxygen should be stored for other colonists. Tens of trillions of vast and huge tiles would be needed, so the robots will have to create them as well.
Overall, you got the idea: making Venus habitable would take an insane amount of money, time, and effort if the theory would indeed work. Therefore, maybe we should all try to get along here on Earth if you’re not planning to live over 200 years from now on.