If there were ever an award for the most inhospitable place in the solar system, it would probably go to the planet of Venus. With regular showers of sulfuric rain and a surface temperature of 470 degrees Celsius, sending space ships to the world has been a relatively hard task.
Well, until now.
NASA has now developed a computer which will be able to withstand all of Venus’s inhospitable conditions while giving us ample information about what exactly is going on in the lonely planet. In the past, various countries have made considerable efforts to send researchers to Venus, but all the missions that have thus been deployed have not been successful. The longest time a human-made object survived on Venus was for a total of two hours when Russia sent one of its satellites to Venus to gain valuable information about the planet. However, the bot was able to give to the world the first color pictures of Venus, which also have scientists useful information about Venus’s core and surface area. However, in spite of only spending two hours on the planet, scientists had achieved a feat which was previously seen as impossible owing to the harsh conditions on the planet.
When developing a computer that could survive, one of the biggest problems that NASA faced was developing a system that could sustain the planet’s enormous atmospheric pressure. Let’s put it this way, generally when a person goes diving; the atmospheric pressure gets stronger as they go deeper and deeper into the sea. Living on Venus would be the equivalent of life 900 meters below the sea level.
Also, the computer that would be sent to Venus to give us the much-needed information needs to be able to withstand the high surface temperature that Venus has. Luckily, over the past few years, silicon-based semiconductors have been experiencing a development stage, as a result of which computers can now withstand the extremely high temperatures that it may encounter on Venus.
To solve the issue of developing a system that can run with a temperature hotter than any living condition on earth, NASA has also been able to implement the use of interconnects in place of integrated circuits. These interconnects look like little wires that help connect the transistors and other parts of the bot so that it won’t falter in the harsh Venus conditions.
Combining the newly generated interconnects with the silicon-based semiconductors, NASA has been able to develop a system that can withstand the harsh conditions while staying alive for as long as a month on Venus. This probe will be scientists golden ticket in understanding the world of Venus and will aid the research and analysis of the planet more than scientists could ever imagine.
With further technological implementations which will not melt in 470 degrees of high-pressure atmosphere, NASA can now successfully say that it is one step closer towards actually discovering a planet.