Hellish Venus orbits Sol at a mean distance of 0.723 AU. The atmosphere, consisting mostly of carbon dioxide, is extremely dense, giving a surface pressure 94 times greater than that of Earth. The planet is shrouded with clouds of sulphuric and hydrochloric acid and the mean surface temperature is 480°C, making the world extremely hostile to life.
The only settlements at Venus are a pair of orbital stations: a climatological research centre jointly run by Mitsubishi and the European Science Foundation, and an outpost of the only semi-serious Venus Terraformation Project. The later also maintains an extensive automated outpost near Cleopatra Patera in the northern highlands of Ishtar Terra.
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