Should We Colonize Venus Instead of Mars?

  • Published on: 04 March 2015
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    Mars One. The Mars Rover. Bruno Mars. Mars Bars. It's pretty clear we're OBSESSED with the idea of Mars, especially in regard to it being a potential colony for earthlings. But is that really the best option? Is there a better place for us to colonize in our solar system? Well, how about Venus? Sure the surface temperature is over 450 degrees Celsius, with crazy pressure, but there might be a smart way around that, making Venus a better option for long term colonization than Mars! How? Watch this week's episode of SpaceTime and find out!

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  • Shubham Shamanyu
    Shubham Shamanyu   21 hours ago

    There are so many things wrong in this video, I don't think I can trust this channel anymore - The main problem he listed with Mars colonisation (0.4 g) isn't even a problem for long term colonisation. You wouldn't die.Please do your research.

  • LeonardlLP
    LeonardlLP   22 hours ago

    how to get a flag to the surface of venus without actually touching it yourself:Build a cannon that can shoot flags from the cloud cities all the way down to the surface like a speer

  • Scott Wolf
    Scott Wolf   1 days ago

    So we should be competing to go to Mars just like how we did it for the moon but no we keep playing these stupid games instead of making money think about it world lol for real

  • Sam Lowry
    Sam Lowry   2 days ago

    Mars = closer to the rest of the solar system.

  • Kein
    Kein   2 days ago

    What about wolfenstein 2?

  • A Underwood
    A Underwood   4 days ago

    I’ve actually visited mars once quite a nice place

  • Sugar4me2
    Sugar4me2   4 days ago

    Why won't you buy a $200 dollar used car? It only has a broken axle and crack engine. No car seat, all the windows are broken PLUS 80% of it is cover in rust:)

  • okay nope
    okay nope   4 days ago

    That sounds feasible but unnecessary. The only way I see this working is if there is an economic reaso. And perhaps there is. Geothermal energy could be fantastic and perhaps we could build mining tubes down to the surface for precious minerals. Why tf everyone want to go to Mars

  • HarlemHeat360
    HarlemHeat360   4 days ago

    Had to check if this dude was on 1.5x speed lol

  • Benters
    Benters   4 days ago

    No! You can't. You never will be able to! forget the video.

  • edmund Eduful
    edmund Eduful   5 days ago

    Guys I think we should colonize earth insteadTnks for all the likes

  • Benters
    Benters   5 days ago

    No. A waste of time. They want to go to Mars to search for evidence of life.

  • no one
    no one   1 weeks ago

    Okay, okay, how about this: Let's build a sustainable habitation in.......the sahara desert. Hear me out. Breathable air. Exactly 1 g of gravity. Perfect atmospheric pressure, and it takes only minutes to get there with an airplane. Temperatures are rough, but managable. A small step for a man, a great step for humanity!

  • TheCrowbar474
    TheCrowbar474   1 weeks ago

    So instead of mars we should go to the planet that's hotter than a smelter, rains battery acid 24/7 and has more atmospheric pressure than the bottom of the ocean. The one probe that we sent to that hellhole only lasted a few hours before being obliterated. Nobody talks about colonizing Venus because it would be suicide and any idiot who read an astronomy book would know that!

  • OptimusPrime 55
    OptimusPrime 55   1 weeks ago

    I literally knew that it’s to damn hot on Venus that’s why there considering Mars🤦🏼‍♂️🤦🏼‍♂️

  • Chris
    Chris   1 weeks ago

    Just be better off sending AI robots to the Kiper belt that can build a massive space ship autonomously, for humans. There’s a lot of resources floating around in space, the key is to create machines that can harvest them. Robots that can replicate and build massive structures for human inhabitants.

  • Thomas Pham
    Thomas Pham   1 weeks ago

    Venus closer to sun than earth so heat treat built it up there hotter than in the Mars !Anyhow, Earthling should conquer both in the future and pray for Earth not been destroyed by nuclear war !!!

  • Honza
    Honza   1 weeks ago

    Venus will be a good colony.

  • Rxnys
    Rxnys   1 weeks ago

    0:32What about hitlers base in Wolfenstein

  • Nationalcitysycho d
    Nationalcitysycho d   1 weeks ago


  • Bell Geeday
    Bell Geeday   1 weeks ago

    White man always talking about colonizing someone or something. When will he learn...

  • lissa leggs
    lissa leggs   1 weeks ago

    No thanks, come back with half a brain and heart pumps in reverse. exposure to deep-space radiation can damage astronauts' brains, a new study suggests. The results should inform NASA's plans for crewed missions to Mars. Space radiation will take a toll on astronauts' brains during the long journey to Mars, a new study suggests.Aug 8, 2019

  • Toone the Spoon
    Toone the Spoon   1 weeks ago

    This guy is full of rubbish. He says that firefighter suits can withstand 2000 degrees celsius.

  • Artemus Over Easy
    Artemus Over Easy   1 weeks ago

    Screw the Chinese govt. Let’s hope they never get off the ground.

  • Ad Roest
    Ad Roest   1 weeks ago

    The planet Mars is in greater danger than Earth. Scientists are walking in the dark as long as they ignore ancient texts, like the Indian Mahabharata and the Mayan Popol Vuh, that tell us that the Earth is suffering from a cycle of seven natural disasters. Those disasters are causing massive floods, earthquakes, firestorms, and a bombardment of meteors every fewthousand years. These disasters create a cycle of civilizations. One of these civilizations lives more than 10,000 years and reaches a higher level of knowledge and skills than we have now. Their civilization ended 20,000 years ago because of the next recurring disaster. They constructed huge buildings like the Giza pyramids and the Mayan temples, to tell the Next Civilization, us, that they existed. In, under or near these buildings, information must be hidden to inform us about their history and knowledge. The only possible natural cause of this cycle, can be a ninth planet in our solar system, orbiting our sun in an eccentric orbit. If you don't know this cycle, history is incomprehensible. To learn much more about the cycle of civilizations, recurring floods, and ancient high technology, read the eBook: "Planet 9 = Nibiru". Search for: invisible nibiru 9

  • XxUndertoker
    XxUndertoker   1 weeks ago

    We would actually need to set up a station on the moon to launch from given the cost of weig vs fuel

  • Kuldeep Singh
    Kuldeep Singh   1 weeks ago

    none! not venus nor mars! focus on being responsible on earth!!!

  • Israel Rios
    Israel Rios   1 weeks ago

    I’m just excited about the culture and species that evolve from colonizing planets. Humans with different anatomy. Like heat resistant skin, or even blackened eyes to tolerate high amounts of sunlight. So cool!

  • LushJoshW
    LushJoshW   2 weeks ago

    Whoever lands on Mara first should own it, would stop all the political and religion wars. They should also make it a separate world with no ties to earth other than trading.

  • none none
    none none   2 weeks ago

    We can't even colonize the moon god damn it!

  • JFairhart
    JFairhart   2 weeks ago

    We will start with the moon first.