When the surface of Venus is anything but pleasant, a floating city in the clouds may be only slightly less uncomfortable.
Spacecraft now allow us the luxury to study planetary transits at times of our choosing from unique locations across the solar system. The rare science opportunity of observing these cosmic crossings has long inspired bold voyages to exotic vantage points, such as James Cook's trek to the South Pacific to watch Venus and Mercury cross the face of the Sun in 1769.
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A creative team of visual strategists at JPL, known as "The Studio," created this image as part of the "Visions of the Future." poster series.
Image Credits: Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech