Artist’s rendering of a NASA manned floating outpost on Venus

Curious Droid shows us how NASA is looking at using airships to explore Mars and Venus. HAVOC (High Altitude Venus Operational Concept) would avoid the incredibly hot surface, instead, it would hover about 30 miles (50 kilometers) up in Venus’ thick, carbon-dioxide-dominated air. Up there, conditions are manageable; atmospheric pressure is roughly what we’re used to, and the average temperature is 167 F (75 C).