Scientists told what should be the first space route

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Which planet should be the first space flight

The discovery of thousands of exoplanets forces scientists to look for answers to the question of how many of them can be habitable.

Venus is called the "sister" of the Earth due to the fact that this planet has a similar size and structure to our planet. Scientists are trying to figure out why Venus, which is so similar to Earth and located in the habitable zone of our star, has completely unsuitable conditions for life.

Noam Isenberg of Johns Hopkins University, USA, and his colleagues propose to send the first manned mission to Venus, and not to Mars, due to the fact that this planet is closer to us. And the round trip, unlike a three-year trip to Mars, will take less than a year. The Guardian writes about it.

The best option would be to visit Venus on the way to Mars. In order to reduce fuel consumption and travel time to the Red Planet, it is possible to fly around Venus with a visit to the planet, Noam Isenberg said.

The temperature on the surface of Venus can reach 480 degrees Celsius, and, for example, the melting point of lead is 327 degrees, there is a huge pressure and there is a lot of sulfur in the atmosphere.

Yes, it is impossible to be on the surface of Venus, and astronauts will have to observe everything that happens on the planet from a spacecraft that will be in the atmosphere. But before you go to Mars, you should visit Venus. It will be an invaluable experience for future space travel, - says Isenberg.

Isenberg's proposal is not popular in NASA, but he and his associates are not upset, if only because his idea has supporters.

Venus is an unknown world. And we have a unique opportunity to explore this planet during a manned mission. Astronauts can fly surface rovers and spaceships in the atmosphere to better understand what's going on on this planet. Or maybe there was life there once, and its signs can be found, Isenberg says.

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