THE FUTURE OF HUMAN EXPLORATION
Venus, one of the most captivating and perilous planets in our solar system, presents a myriad of challenges for potential human settlement. With its scorching temperatures, crushing atmospheric pressure, and acid rain, Venus may seem inhospitable. However, some individuals believe that it could be a more suitable option for human colonization compared to Mars. The question remains: is it even feasible to establish a human settlement on Venus? Before embarking on such an endeavor, extensive testing and data collection are imperative. Robotic missions need to be launched to map out the planet, gather information about its environment, and assess its viability for human habitation. Although spacecraft have been profiling Venus since 1961, there is still much to learn about its surface. The last US mission to Venus occurred three decades ago, but with upcoming satellite missions in the 2020s and 2030s, such as the one Noam Eisenberg is involved in, we hope to gain a deeper understanding of Venus. As we contemplate the idea of colonizing Venus, we must don our science fiction hats and consider the immense challenges that lie ahead.