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NASA's space tourism posters will make you want to explore the galaxy

By: Michael Graham Richard on Feb. 12, 2016, 5 p.m.
Dream with your head in the clouds.

Photo: NASA/JPL

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Venus: Cloud 9 observatory

Venus, the second planet from the sun, isn’t very hospitable to life, to say the least. With a dense atmosphere composed of 96 percent carbon dioxide and a mean surface temperature of over 850 degrees Fahrenheit (making it hotter than Mercury, the closest planet to the sun), it’s hard to imagine it ever being a tourist destination.

But this poster does a good job of making Venus look inviting. The text reads: “See you at the Cloud 9 observatory. The best place in the Solar System to watch the Mercury transit.”

What is this transit? It takes place when Mercury passes in front of the sun, showing up as a moving black dot. It's visible from Earth, but it’s easy to imagine that it would be a lot more spectacular seen from Venus.