Right from the dawn of science-fiction, and again during the first wave of UFO popularity in the 1950s, along with Mars our other neighboring planet, Venus was seen as the obvious place where alien life would exist. And where humans would surely visit. In fact, as we will look at shortly, the Soviet space program did manage to land a probe on Venus as early as the mid-1960s. In part, it is because of the Soviet missions, as well as continued and advanced monitoring of the planet, that we know that life, at least how we understand it, simply can’t survive there.
However, also as far back as the 1950s, many UFO researchers were theorizing that perhaps colonies might be able to survive high up in the monstrous mountains of the planet. Or might huge spaceships or “floating cities” be able to support life and establish an aerial colony of sorts? It seems such a notion is not at all as outlandish as it first sounds, with NASA recently stating their desire to achieve such floating bases on our often-forgotten cosmic neighbor.
Might it even be that an extraterrestrial civilization, either now or in the not too distant past, have already achieved such a colony? It is perhaps interesting that several people who had close-contact encounters would claim similar things. And, while the aforementioned Soviet mission to Venus didn’t discover alien life, there were some interesting anomalies picked up in the few pictures that they did send back. We will look at NASA’s future plans shortly. First, though, we will quickly examine the first visions of Venus sent back courtesy of the Venera missions. Before we get started, however, check out the short video below. What would it be like to stand on Venus?
Soviet Probe To The Second Planet From The Sun – The Venera Missions
Beginning in 1961, the Soviet Union would launch the first Venera probes to obtain data and information about the planet Venus. While each of these probes and launches were of varying degrees of success, it wasn’t until the third mission on 1st March 1966 – ten years before the Mars Viking mission and three years before the Moon landings – when the Soviet’s Venera 3 became the first object made by humans to land on another planet, albeit a crash landing, which sent back no useable data.
However, as the missions continued, successful landings were achieved. And what’s more, valuable information taken during descent and from the planet’s surface reached Soviet scientists back on Earth. Undoubtedly the most exciting of the Venera missions were those from 1975 and the Venera 9 onwards, which would not only manage to send back data but the first photographs of the planet.
By 1982 and the Venera 13 mission, the first color photographs were sent back, as well as the first audible recording from the planet’s surface. Many of the color photographs would spark controversy and conspiracy. Many eagle-eyed viewers of them would spot what appeared to be a disc on the surface as well as other “mechanical debris”. The official view is that this was simply debris from the probe itself. However, the apparent “scorpion-like creature” seen in another part of the shot is perhaps less easy to explain away.
The short videos below are both worth watching. The first speaks of the Soviet Venera missions to Venus and shows some of the pictures taken. The second looks at some of the apparent anomalies and what they might be.
Claims Of The Venusians!
As we mentioned previously, several encounters are on record of individuals claiming to have had close-contact events with aliens from Venus. Perhaps one of the most intriguing were those of Albert Coe, who would claim a life-time friendship with a Venusian. Stretching over several decades beginning in 1920 came a chance meeting with a mysterious man, who would later reveal to Coe to be part of an extraterrestrial race based on Venus. And who had been visiting Earth for thousands and thousands of years.
The incident would result in the self-published 1969 book ‘The Shocking Truth’. In it, Coe goes into detail about many of the conversations he would have with “Zret”. The details, if we assume for a moment are accurate, highly support such claims as the Ancient Astronaut Theory and of “outside influence” in human history. Zret would claim that this particular mission was to “monitor Earth’s advances” and was begun in 1904. According to Coe, Zret informed him that one-hundred such extraterrestrial agents “infiltrated every major nation on the planet – as small groups of technicians – to observe and evaluate” humanity.
While many treat Coe’s claims with a rather large pinch of salt, they are intriguing nonetheless. And perhaps, they may be of particular interest over the coming decades. Should NASA achieve their desire to establish a “cloud-base” in the skies of Venus that is.
NASA’s Plans For Floating Airships On Venus
Although there is no specific date for the mission, which itself will rely on multiple test missions first, NASA plans to use airships to host humans in the upper atmosphere of Venus. What is perhaps exciting, despite the likely decades before such a mission is achieved, the technology to fulfill a High Altitude Venus Operational Concept (HAVOC) mission is already in our collective possession.
Of course, the need to stay well away from the surface of the planet is paramount. Not that we would survive such a trip through the thick atmosphere and crushing pressure to the metal-melting furnace-like surface. However, the altitude NASA is looking to operate at offers positively different conditions. In fact, so hospitable are they, that any on board astronauts wouldn’t require specialized suits. Or breathing apparatus (providing oxygen was inside the airship of course).
The temperature and the pressure are considerably more Earth-like at an altitude of between thirty and forty miles, even comparable to the lower atmosphere of Earth, with the pressure about half that of Earth’s at sea level. The thick atmosphere above will also offer protection from space radiation, while at the same time providing an abundance of sunlight to be converted into renewable energy.
Furthermore, due to the high presence of sulphuric acid on Venus, the airships would have to have a special exterior. One resistant to such acidic and corrosive conditions as they navigate the planet on the power of the Venusian winds.
Why Is Such A Mission So Important?
It is an argument often leveled at space enthusiasts from those uninterested, that such missions are a “waste of money”. And we should look to “take care of Earth” and many other morally outraged-influenced arguments. The missions, should they go ahead will be more than beneficial to all. Not only will they provide a cloud-like colony for humanity, but would also tell us a lot more. Specifically, of the potential worst-case scenarios that await Earth should certain condition arise. Or in some cases, that are taking place already. By studying our nearest cosmic neighbor close-up, a planet that highly resembles Earth and certainly would have been considerably more Earth-like before whatever climate-driven ecological change took place, we should be able to approach any efforts to protect our planet from going the same way with a fuller more hands-on understanding of such things.
It would also allow us to witness if there is the presence of extremophiles in the atmosphere of the planet. Essentially, alien life. We know this happens here on Earth, for example. Small living creatures quite happily exist in some of the most extreme and inhospitable areas of the planet. And on both extremes of the temperature and conditions. Why, then, should that not be the case for Venus? Scientists already suspect similar conditions exist in some of the moons of the gas giants such as Jupiter and Saturn, for example. And while it would surely be harder to achieve, perhaps monitoring of the surface might reveal similar life?
Any results and consequences of such missions to far away worlds will not show themselves straight away. They might, however, lay the foundations for how we deal with such pressing environmental problems here on Earth.
Might Research Airships Become Commercial Floating Mini-Cities?
If these missions do proceed and are indeed successful, should we expect a commercial operation to begin? Can you, for example, hope to book a month away in the floating hotels of Venus in the near future? While there are no indications from NASA of such trips, it isn’t hard to imagine. In time, surely more extravagant floating hotels and even entire floating complexes would go into operation. If there was a sound financial return. Not to mention the ability to raise further funds for other operations. Either on Venus or elsewhere.
While this is pure rampant speculation, there is nothing to stop a private company going ahead with such plans. Particularly one that might make a considerable donation to NASA, for the sake of argument. And perhaps it is worth bearing in mind, that private companies are free from Freedom Of Information requests. Again, while this is mere speculation, if there were any “secret” operations on Venus or anywhere else, it is most likely that a private company would head such an operation. At least officially.
It is interesting that several people, either through a close-contact experience with a UFO, or even through claims of traveling into the future, have made claims of similar “floating cities”. Might this be the start of such things? Might such aerial settlements tested on Venus have use on Earth to escape rapidly deteriorating surface conditions? It certainly makes for interesting, and perhaps eye-opening thinking.
Check out the short video below which looks at the proposed HAVOC mission a little more.