- Scientists argue that a trip past Venus would benefit a crewed mission to Mars.
- Zipping by Venus would allow for less energy to be consumed by the spacecraft heading for Mars, the researchers say.
- NASA has suggested that a crewed mission to the Red Planet may happen as early as the 2030s.
At present, the biggest target for human exploration of the solar system is Mars . NASA and other space agencies believe that a crewed mission to Mars may be possible by the 2030s, and while that timeline has been questioned by some , it’s entirely possible that humans will walk on another planet for the first time within the next two decades.
It’ll be a monumental achievement if (more like when) it happens, but some researchers believe that if we’re going to send humans to Mars, we might as well stop by Venus on our way there. That might sound a little bit crazy, but a new scientific paper argues that it actually makes perfect sense.
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