Distant Dawn

Although Venus is about twice the size of Mars (four times the surface area), the effort needed to terraform it will, as we hope this chapter has made clear, be many orders of magnitude greater than that required to make the Red Planet habitable. Indeed, it is not at all clear that it will make sense, or indeed that the technology will exist to terraform Venus immediately after the terraforming Mars. It might well be the case that the asteroid belt and the moons of the Jovian planets will be colonized before the technology exists to make Venus habitable.

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