Venus is the second planet from the Sun, orbiting it every 224.7 Earth days. It has no natural satellite. It is named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty. After the Moon, it is the brightest natural object in the night sky, reaching an apparent magnitude of −4.6, bright enough to cast shadows. Because Venus is an inferior planet from Earth, it never appears to venture far from the Sun: its elongation reaches a maximum of 47.8°.
Venus is a terrestrial planet and is sometimes called Earth’s “sister planet” because of their similar size, mass, proximity to the Sun and bulk composition. However, it has also been shown to be radically different from Earth in other respects. It has the densest atmosphere of the four terrestrial planets, consisting of more than 96% carbon dioxide. The atmospheric pressure at the planet’s surface is 92 times that of Earth’s. With a mean surface temperature of 735 K (462 °C; 863 °F), Venus is by far the hottest planet in the Solar System, even though Mercury is closer to the Sun. Venus has no carbon cycle that puts carbon into rock, nor does it seem to have any organic life to absorb carbon in biomass. Venus is shrouded by an opaque layer of highly reflective clouds of sulfuric acid, preventing its surface from being seen from space in visible light. It may have possessed oceans in the past, but these would have vaporized as the temperature rose due to a runaway greenhouse effect. The water has most probably photodissociated, and, because of the lack of a planetary magnetic field, the free hydrogen has been swept into interplanetary space by the solar wind. Venus’ surface is a dry desertscape interspersed with slab-like rocks and periodically refreshed by volcanism.
The atmospheric pressure and temperature approximately fifty kilometres above the surface are similar to those at Earth’s surface and Earth air (nitrogen and oxygen) is a lifting gas in the Venusian atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide. This has led to the creation of Floating Station Beta (Known as the love station), which primarily is used as a scientific and recreational base. Its Darkgate circles high above the station with advanced docking and tethering systems. Personal Ships stay docked during a passengers stay, while cruiser merely dock long enough for its passengers to disembark. The Tether works like an advanced elevator system both for the protection of ships and people alike.
- In many ways Beta Station is much like New Vegas from earth, a place where you can buy almost anything including anonymity.