After trying its hands on materializing many fantastic and unrealistic dreams, NASA now thinks of building a floating city above the clouds of Venus. While this type of lofty propositions may impress the ordinary class, smart citizens with a realistic approach to science and its real purpose would ask “why, and at whose cost?”. So far “at whose cost” is concerned, almost all of us know the answer, but the “why” part remains to be decoded.
First of all, there is absolutely no scarcity of space for living on the Earth. The necessities of life are also abundantly supplied by the nature. Hundreds of thousands of hectares of land lies practically vacate on this planet, where human beings can peacefully live and vegetation can flourish. When vegetation growth is in order monsoons automatically does its job, and when monsoon is regular there is no need of artificial farming and so-called greenhouses. The earth is so rich that not only human beings, even animals, birds, trees and plants- all can live peacefully in harmony, even if the population is to be doubled.
The question is this: If all goes well as per the Nature’s arrangement, what will NASA do? What will the whole space industry do? What will the big research centers do? It is not actually about NASA or ISRO. It is the space industry that comes up with such ideas every now and then. The purpose behind space exploration does not seem to be anything but intellectual gymnastic at the cost of public wealth. Huge budgets are passed for space projects while people living on this planet remain ignored. It’s all about carrying on with the industry and competition among a few countries. Under the circumstance, governments of the world are unable educate the people that God has supplied everything on all the planets where innumerable living entities are maintained on regular basis, for such knowledge goes against the interest of the space industry.
A number of agencies, including, of course, NASA, are focusing solar system exploration efforts on Mars. At first glance, though, Mars doesn’t really seem like the best candidate. Venus is much closer — at a distance that ranges between 38 million kilometres and 261 million kilometres, compared to Mars’ 56 million to 401 million kilometres, it’s Earth’s closest neighbour. It’s also comparable in size to Earth — a radius of 6,052km to Earth’s 6,371 — and has similar density and chemical composition.
The funny (sorry) part is, our friends seem to think that just because the atmosphere is suitable for human habitation and it is closer than Mars, human beings can go and live there. Do they not know that even on our small planet we have immigration laws and geographical boundaries! It is childish to assume that there are no rulers for entries to other planets. They will not allow earthly beings to live there even if we succeed to reach there.
A brilliant explanation of interplanetary travel is found in Easy Journey to Other Planets, by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Referring to NASA’s announcement of landing on the moon, the author states: “Newspaper headlines read, “Man’s First Steps on the Moon,” but the reporters do not know that millions and millions of men went there and came back. This is not the first time. This is an ancient practice. In Bhagavad-gita (8.16) it is clearly stated, abrahma-bhuvanal lokah punar avartino ‘rjuna: “My dear Arjuna, even if you go to the highest planetary system, which is called Brahmaloka, you will have to come back.” Therefore, interplanetary travel is not new.”
Indeed, interplanetary travel has been around for millenniums. Srimad Bhagavatam tells us how in the past number of great yogis visited other planets and met people there. There have been instances of inter-planet transportation, communications and even marriages. Descriptions of wars have also been meticulously narrated. We even find accurate distance between planets, atmospheric nature of galaxies and such other information in the Vedas. But our friends cannot afford to accept it if they have to run the business. Education must be Godless and religious views discarded in order for them to achieve their goal. It is not that they don’t have any clue of this. It is just that they don’t want to accept it.
But everything else about it makes it almost utterly unvisitable. While probes have been sent to the planet’s surface, they lasted, at most, just two hours before surface conditions on Venus destroyed them. These conditions include an atmospheric pressure up to 92 times greater than Earth’s; a mean temperature of 462 degrees Celsius (863 degrees Fahrenheit); extreme volcanic activity; an extremely dense atmosphere consisting mostly of carbon dioxide, with a small amount of nitrogen; and a cloud layer made up of sulphuric acid.
And yet they want to build a cloud city there, and that also without accepting the proven, yogic process! They don’t understand that Just like a facsimile or an email can carry an image using radio frequency, great yogis can turn their bodies into subtle energy for traveling long distance and transform it back into gross material body after reaching the destination. They can travel through water, air and even sun rays.
The other thing to be noted is, just because the atmosphere on Venus is not habitable for human beings from this planet does not necessarily mean that there is no population of human-like or even superior living beings on Venus or any other planet for that matter. This, of course, is a principle that I am talking about. In other words, it is premature to assume that all living beings need certain atmospheric ingredients to live and survive. Vedic scriptures talk about civilized societies even on the Sun planet! Hmm… that’s what! And it is an undeniable reality that is yet to be decoded by modern scientists.
Indented quotes and featured image curated from NASA wants to build a floating city above the clouds of Venus – CNET.