Guillermo Sohnlein, co-founder of OceanGate, has set an audacious goal of sending 1,000 humans to live in Venus’ atmosphere by the year 2050. Spearheaded by his company, Humans2Venus, founded in 2020, the mission seeks to establish a permanent human presence in the inhospitable environment of Venus.
Speaking to Business Insider, Sohnlein expressed his unwavering belief in the feasibility of this venture, emphasizing that it is not just an aspirational dream but a highly achievable objective within the next three decades. Despite the tragic loss of lives during the Titan expedition, he believes that humanity must continue to push the boundaries of innovation and exploration.
Central to Sohnlein’s vision is the research suggesting the presence of a potentially habitable region in Venus’ atmosphere, located about 30 miles above the planet’s surface. In this zone, temperatures and pressure are more favorable, raising the possibility of human habitation.
Humans2Venus outlines four key reasons why Venus could serve as a new home for humans. First, its gravity closely resembles that of Earth, providing a familiar environment for potential settlers. Second, the temperature range falls within the sweet spot for liquid water, an essential component for sustaining life. Third, the atmospheric radiation protection on Venus is comparable to Earth’s, offering a potential shield against harmful cosmic rays. Lastly, the atmospheric pressure at approximately 1 bar is similar to that of Earth at sea level, reducing the need for complex pressurization systems.
However, the Venusian environment also poses significant challenges. The atmosphere is predominantly composed of carbon dioxide, and the clouds consist mainly of sulfuric acid, requiring advanced technology to mitigate these hostile conditions. The tragic incident involving the Titan submersible has led OceanGate to suspend its exploration and commercial operations, following the loss of all five people on board, including CEO Stockton Rush.
Undeterred by setbacks, Guillermo Sohnlein has shifted his focus entirely to Humans2Venus. He firmly believes that this mission represents a groundbreaking opportunity for humanity and should not be hindered by fears of failure. With determination and resolve, Humans2Venus aims to pave the way for interplanetary habitation, pushing the boundaries of human exploration and establishing a permanent colony on the enigmatic planet of Venus.