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Comment: Re:Sulfuric acid (Score 1) 200

by mrego (#48617587) Attached to: NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration
Corrosion is well understood and can be handled. Where else (outside of earth) can you find 1G, near earth temperature/air pressure, free energy (solar), radiation shielding, an atmosphere from which you could make water if not air, and a relatively short (6 month) trip away ?! None of those are on Mars. Combine with a skyhook/elevator and drones to fly below the clouds and there are plenty of opportunities for exploration especially of the Maxwell Montes (11km high!) and Maat Mons (highest volcano). And perhaps could become a base to explore Aten/Apohele asteroids.

Comment: Only if you are insecure (Score 1) 441

by mrego (#48317787) Attached to: The Other Side of Diversity In Tech
So what's wrong about "feeling different"? She must be an insecure person. Get over it. You are the diversity if you think different (that was Apple's motto wasn't it?). What I want to know is: Do Nursing, Cosmetologist, or Secretarial blogs (or whatever traditionally female predominate occupations you want) fret about the lack of diversity in their industries? Or are only perceived male-dominate industries (like tech) subject to criticism?

Comment: A better option: 30 miles above Venus (Score 5, Interesting) 219

by mrego (#48140551) Attached to: When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?
A better, more hospitable place to visit and colonize would be the upper atmosphere above Venus (about 30 miles). This position would offer perfect gravity, plentiful solar energy, nice temperature, good pressure to hold breathable air in place, CO2 and nitrogen for growing plants, natural radiation shielding, materials (silicon, iron, aluminum, magnesium, calcium, potassium, sodium) easily available (a space elevator would help), and several times the available room on Earth. Sure there would be issues avoiding corrosion and you would probably need to bring your own oxygen and water (as you would to Mars), but it is doable. Billions of humans could one day float happily there.

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