Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The colonization of Venus has been a subject of many works of science fiction since before the dawn of spaceflight, and is still much discussed. The next logical step beyond space exploration, colonization implies the permanent or long-term presence of humans in an environment outside Earth. Though colonization of space is claimed to be the best way to ensure the survival of humans as a species in the long term, other reasons for colonizing space include economic interests, long-term scientific research best carried out by humans, and sheer curiosity. Venus is the second largest terrestrial planet and Earth's closest neighbor, which makes it a potential target. Learn more about the possibilities, challenges and potential rewards of colonization of Venus in the following pages.