Space Game: Where in the Solar System is Destination Four? (day 3)



Whoa! Destination Four wasn’t kidding about having gross air. That stuff is deadly! (see why I like to travel by internet)

The upper atmosphere isn’t so bad – that is, if you don’t mind breathing toxic fumes. Temperature and pressure wise, it’s almost nice. But don’t get comfortable. Sink just a little bit lower and the air turns to sludge. It gets thicker and heavier by the foot. Pretty soon it weighs down on you like a mountain of comet dust! And then there’s the steam. Stay away from that for sure, unless you like acid burns! Which brings me to the next little surprise Destination Four keeps hidden beneath those thick clouds. The heat! Oh my gosh, a chunk of lead sitting on the surface would melt in seconds!

The word from ESA and NASA (apparently they’re friends) is that the main reason Destination Four is such a disgusting sludge pit is that it’s air is almost all CO2. It’s like one giant greenhouse down there. On steroids!

Here’s how it works on Earth now, and then what would happen if Earth had more CO2 in the air like Destination Four.

Poor Destination Four. It just keeps getting hotter and hotter.

And another odd thing; I could swear I saw the sun rising in the west. Weird.

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About Jane Peddicord

Jane Ann Peddicord is an award winning author, lawyer, and space enthusiast. About her first book, NIGHT WONDERS, Laura Kraft of the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii wrote, “We’ve long waited for books such as these to explain, in age-appropriate language, some of the fundamental concepts that have shaken the foundation of Physics.” Jane is represented by Rosemary Stimola of the Stimola Literary Studio and likes science, space, and springer spaniels.
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