But I'm looking in the other direction. Fuck Mars, why not try venus first?
But Venus is too hot you say!
True- but only at the surface. I just found out that on venus, since the air is so thick regular earth air acts like helium!
So- if your house's walls were made out of the same stuff they make hot air balloons from, you'd be sitting pretty, floating high above the creamy yellow clouds. 30 miles above the surface, to be exact.
Even better, temperatures in the upper atmosphere of the love planet are comfortable- like 70 degrees. Warm enough for water to exist! You could even go outside if you want. No need for a space suit, all you'd need is a breathing tank and a plastic covering to keep you safe from some of the acid in the air. Or if you're really adventurous, just hold your breath and wear goggles (since the air pressure up there is equal to earth's)
My guess'd be that each person would have a smaller bubble or rocket box to get from central bubble to bubble (Because there's no way you would want to actually fall to the surface- you'd be crushed by the pressure instantly)
Why on earth would you want to go to mars- where one rip of the suit could get you killed!?
On Venus, even if your home bubble rips, you have at least 10 minutes to patch it before it fills with toxic gas.
It's obvious to anyone with a brain that if we want to leave earth, VENUS, with it's similar gravity, size, and easy enough to operate bubble housing is the better choice.
I envision spherical air-filled bubbles- about 50 feet in diameter for each colonist. Each bubble'd have 3 levels- one for growing plants that make oxygen, one for living in and storage (complete with an airtight panic room if anything goes wrong) and a water - ballast weight to keep it from floating away.
Ample sun on Venus would provide energy, plants would provide food- and eventually thousands of unmanned solar-powered bubbles filled with hardy, self propagating plants (Or extreme algae species) would be released into the atmosphere of venus- These plants would take in the carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen. Over a period or 50-100+ years the surface would cool enough to become habitable.
But really, who on earth would want that?
I'd rather take my bubble, thank you- and live in the sky.
Don't believe me? Check it out for yrself.
More info: ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/cas…