Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in Venus or Mercury? We sure have, that’s why we decided to find out what it might be like to live on other worlds in our solar system, from Mercury to Pluto and beyond in a new, weekly 12-part series.
What would the gravity be like on Mercury? How long would your day be on Venus?
Venus, is often thought of as Earth’s twin sister because the size and composition of the two planets are similar. So it should come as no surprise that NASA, the Soviet space program, the European Space Agency (ESA) and others have sent numerous spacecraft to explore the planet second closest to the sun — more than 40 in all since the 1960s.
Venus’ gravity is almost 91 percent of Earth’s, so you could jump a little higher and objects would feel a bit lighter on Venus, compared with Earth.
Astronomers said that, you probably wouldn’t notice the difference in gravity so much, but what you would notice is the dense atmosphere. The air is so thick that if try to move your arm quickly, you would feel resistance. It would almost be like being in water.
The planet’s defining surface characteristic, however, is its flat, smooth plains, which cover about two-thirds of Venus — these plains would, arguably, be the best places to set up a home base to live.
As for Mercury, the planet has water ice at its poles, which sit in permanent darkness. Mining this ice would be a good way to live off the land, but setting up bases at the poles might not be a good idea, said David Blewett, a participating scientist with the Messenger program.
However, dealing with extreme temperatures on Mercury would likely be unavoidable: Daytime temperatures on the planet can reach 800 degrees Fahrenheit (430 degrees Celsius), while nighttime temperatures can drop down to minus 290 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 180 degrees Celsius).
More so, Mercury is about two-fifths the size of Earth, with a similar gravity to Mars, or about 38% of Earth’s gravity. This means that you could jump three times as high on Mercury, and heavy objects would be easier to pick up, Blewett said. However, everything would still have the same mass and inertia, so you could be knocked over if someone threw a heavy object at you, according to researchers.
As an afterthought, from learning all these facts, one can say that,
There’s no place like EARTH!
via Earth Guide