Could humans visit Venus? Here’s a plan to do just that.

Venus is notoriously toxic and excruciatingly hot. A thick, extremely acidic cloud layer enshrouds the rocky planet, trapping so much heat that the surface reaches nearly 900 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s more than hot enough to melt lead.

The Venusian atmosphere is so heavy that the pressure on the surface of the planet is more than 90 times that of Earth. That’s similar to the pressure at about 3,300 feet deep in the ocean on our planet. There is no liquid water on the surface of Venus, and thousands of massive volcanoes—some still active—mark up our neighboring planet.

Venus is a veritable hellscape.

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