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# One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

Posted April 05, 2009 5:01 PM
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Welcome to the April edition of Monthly Challenge Question from Specs & Techs by GlobalSpec:

You awake inside a small capsule sitting on the surface of Venus. From a small speaker you hear a voice that says, "We will leave you here for either a day or a year. If you choose to stay a day, we will give you \$1 million, but if you choose to stay a year, we will give you \$2 million. Either way, you will have sufficient food and water, the temperature will remain a constant 70 degrees F, and you will have all the comforts of home." Which option should you choose?

Choose to stay one year and win \$2 million. Venus takes 243 Earth days to rotate on its axis, but it takes only 225 Earth days to go around the sun. On Venus a day is longer than a year.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/05/2009 10:24 PM

You should take the option of staying for a year. Venus orbits the sun once every 224.7 earth days, however, it rotates around its axis very slowly such that it makes one full rotation every 243 earth days. Now if we define a day on Venus as being the time that it makes a full rotation about its axis (sidereal rotation period) and a year on Venus as being the time it makes a full orbit around the sun then its day is longer then its year. You would therefore make more money by staying a shorter period of time if you chose the year option. Off course if you really valued the Venus experience more than money then you may choose to stay for that extra bit longer and foregoe the extra cash, after all, getting to Venus is certainly worth a lot more than a measly \$1 or \$2 million, however, with average tremperatures of around 462 degrees celsius, atmospheric pressure 92 X that of earth and clouds of sulphuric acid it may not be all that healthy to venture outside.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/06/2009 3:17 AM

You're probably right, in that the question seems to be about the definition of a day/night on Venus. The part I don't understand is why the question specifically says "a small capsule". Although it indicates all daily comfort requirements are met (how the heck do you log-on to CR4 each day !) , the size of the capsule is mentioned as if it's important. Would the lower gravity (.907) cause a person to grow into some weird shape over the course of a year. A bit far fetched, but apart from madness I can't yet see where else the question might be going. It rotates the 'wrong' way, but I'm not sure that's a problem.

I'll go with your notion, BobD - A Venusian could be longer than it's year, depending on how you define them. It's Solar day is 117 of Earths, it's rotation against the stars is 243, and it's 'year' is 225 days. In a sense, a year gets you more money/day.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/06/2009 3:28 AM

Though the venus rotates about its axis in 243 days, however remember that the rotation about sun also affects the length of day (sun rise to sun set)

ie even if it does not rotate about its axis even once, one full rotation about sun will make still one day (= one year)

Thus a day (sun rise to sun set ) may be approx if you calculate 117 earth days = \$1m : \$8547/ earth day

and 224 earth Days = \$2m : \$8928 / earth day

so in staying for 1 year you gain more (4.4% extra)

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/06/2009 4:07 AM

Blimey, sb. I'm glad you expanded on the maths for me - awesome !

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/06/2009 6:02 AM

to be precise it is \$2m/224.7 : \$1m/116.75 = \$8900.75 : 8565.53 / day

But you have to remember one crucial aspect: it is only actually 3.91% difference

and personally I will go for the second one due to 2 reasons

1) surviving for 116.75 earth days is more probable in all the acidic atmosphere in venus

2) With the speed the currencies are depleting/ devaluating world over I think it is always better to have one bird million in hand tomorrow than having two next year.

You never know, CR4 may survive till tomorrow but join Lehman next year ? then who will bring me back from venus forget about paying the money?

So I go for a million tomorrow. No maths please.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/08/2009 10:53 PM

Now if we define a day on Venus as being the time ..........

I do not agree with you. You can not define as you wish. The definition of the day is period between two Sun rises, as we use it here.

Thus, I do not agree with GA too, though I can not rate it now.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/17/2009 2:43 PM

You are assuming the question refers to a Venus year and a Venus day!

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/28/2009 10:02 AM

"getting to Venus is certainly worth a lot more than a measly \$1 or \$2 million"

You think? Why?

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/06/2009 7:56 AM

I think the previous answers simply assumed this, but it's worth being explicit: the rotation of Venus is opposite to its orbital direction, so the solar day is somewhat over half a year. However, even if we assume that "all the comforts of home" includes atmosphere, workspace, amenities and visitors, my preferences would still be:

1) An Earth day (\$1 Million for a day)
2) A Venusian solar day (\$1 Million/117 Earth-days, or \$8565/Earth-day)
3) A Venus year (\$2 Million for 225 Earth-days, or \$8903/Earth-day)
4) An Earth year (\$2 Million for 365 Earth days)
Even if we add travelling time, which amplifies the difference between the effective rates, life is too short to waste on uninteresting ways of making money. Maybe the answer would have been different if my pension had been with Equitable Life (though with that sort of luck, the offer would probably turn out to be in Jamaica Dollars).

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/06/2009 8:48 AM

As I said things are getting easier and easier, where is the complication ?

BTW (2) and (3) should reverse unless you use logic of my #5 .

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/06/2009 9:29 AM

Agreed about it being overly easy; but what's the betting that the author didn't realise the directions of rotations were opposed and that the solar day was shorter than the year?

When it comes to which option you should choose, that depends entirely on how you value your time vs. money. I wrote my preference - and hopefully the final paragraph explains the reason.
(BTW, the year gives 108% extra - it's the rate that is only 3.9% better. Either way, in my circumstances I wouldn't consider the reward to be worth more than about an Earth-week of such a constraint - as that's about the maximum length of time I would stay home under normal conditions).

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/06/2009 11:23 PM

One year as a day of Venus is smaller than a year

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/07/2009 5:18 AM

A Venus day is 117 Earth days. A Venus year is 225 Earth days. Would it really be worth staying cooped up on Venus for an extra 108 Earth-days for 10,000 US Dollars? (The voice didn't say US dollars, and you should never commit until you have checked the terms). In any case, you need to take into account the impact on your career - unless your career path naturally includes a 225 day break on Venus.

Get a life - choose to stay an Earth day (if that is unacceptable, you can reconsider).

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/07/2009 10:51 PM

Day is smaller than year for earth too!

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/07/2009 6:04 AM

Orbital period is 224.7 earth days

Sidereal day 243.01 earth days

inclenation 3.3 degrees.

But axis is maybe perpendicular to plane of rotation. (no sunrise -sunset)

If a day is measured from sunrise to sunrise a day will exceed the orbital period by xxx.

Rotation is retrograde. (Opposite to earth).

If taken as sidereal day a Venus day will be 19 earth days longer than a Venus year.

I will choose the \$2m option on both.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/07/2009 7:30 AM

how is this a challenge? all it is is an opinion, their isn't anything to figure out.

imo this is a retarded challenge.

btw ill choose the 2 mil

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/07/2009 8:32 AM

Without going into any maths, Maybe it would be worth working out travel time! For economic reasons, if after a Venus day the Earth was closer, it would mean less travel time coming home! If after a Venus year, the two planets are at opposite sides of the solar system, it may take longer to get home than a Venus year!

Then again I maybe totally wrong! Who knows without doing the maths where the respective planets will be!

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/07/2009 8:45 AM

I've had a quick play on 'WorldWide Telescope" and it takes 16 Earth months for the two planets to get close! So depending on the velocity of the space ship that brings you home, I would be in two minds which offer to take!

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/07/2009 9:38 AM

If you are travelling (rather than going and arriving by the same magic as you woke to find yourself on Venus), the trajectory between the planets would approximate an ellipse, and the location at the Venus end would be opposed to the location at the Earth end. The take-off and landing times would be about half of an average year apart - or about 150 days.

That means you are looking for Venus exactly opposite the Earth at a time 150-days prior to landing. This happens once every 584 days (~19 months).

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/07/2009 8:47 AM

From Wikipedia:

"A Venusian sidereal day thus lasts more than a Venusian year (243 versus 224.7 Earth days). However, the length of a solar day on Venus is significantly shorter than the sidereal day; to an observer on the surface of Venus the time from one sunrise to the next would be 116.75 days".[

So, it would seem that the question would be, Whose definition of a "day" and a "year" are we going to use?" Either way 2 million dollars is a nice sum for less than an earth year's "work".

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/07/2009 9:24 AM

Looks like you guys have the astronomy all figured out. I'd take the \$1M for 1 "Venus day", although if she is as hot as you say, One Year on Venus may be quite enjoyable!

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/07/2009 10:02 AM

A year on Venus is about 225 Earth days; I'd take the \$1 million and go home.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/07/2009 11:18 AM

Choose the one day, because No one will be alive at the one year mark, as there is no Vehicle yet designed that can stand the pressure over time combination. So far the longest lived probe to the planet has lasted an hour! So assuming they can build a vehicle that can last a day.. the pressure over a year will cause creep, stress and strain, and collapse...the metal is like plastic at that kind of pressure, even spherical... Anyone taking the 2 Million.. will be donating it to their relatives and a charity of their choice.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/07/2009 2:08 PM

The pressure is approximately 900 psi

The temperature is approximately 875 Deg F

The wind, while slow, will be amplified by the pressure, temperature, and particulate, and will cut like a blow torch

not to mention the possibly corrosive atmosphere...

No one will be alive for a day, let alone a year... forget it... not on the surface of the planet, without a magnetic plasma bottle to control this environment.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/07/2009 11:23 AM

TAKE THE 1 MILLION AND RUN! THE PSYCOLOGICAL DAMAGE CAUSED BY BEING ALONE FOR 1 YEAR CANNOT BE MEASURED. AND THERE IS NO REASON TO BELIEVE THAT YOU WILL LIVE BEYOND THE NEXT 2 DAYS. "GREED" LIKE "SPEED" KILLS.

Just my little application of "Common Sense"

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

05/01/2009 9:55 AM

Dear TMF

YBYA

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

05/01/2009 10:43 AM

TMF might do that, but I wouldn't bet mine - I can't afford to lose it and I might not win.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/07/2009 11:30 AM

Maybe the angle of this question is, in fact, based on a Venus day and year length. However, we are biological creatures, and wherever we go, we will be always calling a day 24 hours. Even on the Enterprise, they have a day and night shift, with the only reference is that their body's say so.

So, I'm calling a day 24 hours, because my body says so, and then I'm out of there. I'd be loony after a year, (365 24 hour period's).

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04/07/2009 2:40 PM

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/07/2009 3:54 PM

Kris...Mar 2007 Double trouble!!!

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/08/2009 1:55 AM

I'm inspired Mr Brain ! Even my current quote-line would seem to indicate a separated-at-birth type event !!!

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/07/2009 12:20 PM

Jeepers! Here is a question with no right or wrong answer, yet look at all the discussion!

The question actually has nothing to do with how long a day on Venus is versus a day on Earth, or how long a year on Venus is versus how long a year on Earth is. At least, it has nothing to do with it in an absolute sense. The question was: which option would you choose? Toomuchfun and Bricktop answered that question (and get a "good answer" vote for it.) A "guest" answered it, too, but because he/she is a guest, misspelled a few words and was somewhat demeaning in calling this a "retarded" challenge, no GA vote.

The question and topic is really over deferred rewards. Would you take a smaller, immediate reward over a larger, deferred reward? Much study has been done on this subject in animals and in humans. Here are a couple of links on the subject.

http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v7/n10/full/nn1004-1023.html

http://www.jneurosci.org/cgi/content/full/26/51/13213

In this case, we engineers were, much like Alice, led down a rabbit hole by curiosity. The ensuing discussion about the possibility of space travel, the effects of the position of the planets and the length of days/years on Venus have as much bearing on the subject (Would you pick A or would you pick B?) as Alice's experience at the Tea Party. Happy Un-birthday to you all!

Now, having said that, I will allow that for some of us, the answers to these questions, especially about the passage of time, may have some bearing on which option you would choose.

In closing, I will quote Lewis Carroll and apply it solely to myself:

"You are old, Father William," the young man said,
"And your hair has become very white;
Do you think, at your age, it is right?"

"In my youth," Father William replied to his son,
"I feared it might injure the brain;
But, now that I'm perfectly sure I have none,
Why, I do it again and again."

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/07/2009 1:52 PM

I like bp01's approach: don't think of Venus vs. Earth days, but as long-term vs. short-term rewards. We could even think of maximizing deferred rewards.

With that in mind, I'd realize that my captors/employers have figured out how to build a shelter that can survive the Venusian environment, I will be provided for during my stay, and I won't be spending my paycheck on Venus. I'd take the 1 year, \$1 million deal.

Then I'd ask if I'd be staying for a Venus year or an Earth year, and how often they pay their regular employees on Earth. If I'm staying for an Earth year, I'd ask them to deposit in a savings account either \$83,333 for a monthly pay period, or \$19, 230 for a weekly pay period. If I'm staying for a Venus year, the deposits will be \$134,048 for a monthly pay period, or \$31250 for a weekly pay period.

I know regular savings accounts don't pay as much in interest as other investments, but with the size of each deposit, by the time I get back, I will have well more than \$1 million!

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/07/2009 4:39 PM

Well, you'd have a million bucks until the IRS got wind of the deal!

The IRS is the American version of:

the CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) in Canada, the UKIR (Inland Revenue in Great Britain), the NZIR (Inland Revenue in New Zealand), the ATO (Australian Taxation Office), The Revenue in Ireland, the BZSt (Bundeszentralamtes fuer Steuren) in Germany, the BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue) in the Philippines; the SAT (State Administration of Taxation) in China, the Income Tax Department in India, or AEAT (Agencia Estatal de Administracion Tributaria) in Spain.

I tried to hit the tax authority for all of the countries I usually see represented in CR4; if I missed yours, please forgive me and add it.

In spite of our differences and wide spread distribution, having a central tax authority with one hand in your pocket seems to be universal!

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/08/2009 10:16 AM

Add: the South African Revenue Service (SARS)

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/08/2009 12:10 PM

Wasn't there a disease called SARS in the news a few years ago?

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04/08/2009 12:20 PM

There was and there is: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

The Center for Disease Control and World Health Organizations have web sites devoted to it.

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/sars/index.htm

http://www.who.int/csr/sars/en/

I say "was" because there have been no outbreaks since 2004. The global outbreak in 2003 is the one that made the news.

I say "is" because it is still listed as a disease by these agencies, even though there has been no outbreak.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/08/2009 5:22 PM

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/07/2009 2:08 PM

Are you kidding? The Venus year, of course.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/08/2009 12:07 AM

The question does not specify if the length of a day is measured in Earth time or Venus time. There is also no mention of the amount of time (Earth or Venus) that it takes to get there or return.

Since I woke up and became an instant millionaire without spending any time or effort, why would it be beneficial to spend another year (Earth or Venus) to make another million? Who knows, I could choose one day and take a million bucks then instantly awake on another planet the next day with the same deal. Who knows what my earning potential would be if I were engaged in another unspecified activity. This is a very poorly worded question designed to solicit data analysis from engineers without regard for the definition of variables.

0 time & effort = 1 million

1 year time & effort = 1 million

I look at this as an opportunity cost question, not an analytical comparison of the length of a day on Venus or Earth. With the available facts there is no other choice than "take the million and run". This is why engineers don't make good business managers.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/08/2009 12:36 AM

quote from NASA:

Venus sluggishly rotates on its axis once every 243 Earth days, while it orbits the Sun every 225 days - its day is longer than its year! Venus sluggishly rotates on its axis once every 243 Earth days, while it orbits the Sun every 225 days - its day is longer than its year!

I'll take the \$2m for a year

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/08/2009 5:55 AM

Tell me where to find this NASA data and I'll see if I can get it corrected. Unless otherwise stated, a day is the time between one midday and the next. The 243 days is sidereal day, or the time Venus takes to go spin once (relative to distant stars). The proper Venusan day is about 117 Earth days.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/09/2009 10:50 AM

From Wikipedia:

"Venus rotates once every 243 days—by far the slowest rotation period of any of the major planets. A Venusian sidereal day thus lasts more than a Venusian year (243 versus 224.7 Earth days). However, the length of a solar day on Venus is significantly shorter than the sidereal day; to an observer on the surface of Venus the time from one sunrise to the next would be 116.75 days."

Part of the confusion is the difference between a sidereal day (1 rotation with respect to the stars) and a solar day (1 rotation with respect to the Sun). Here on Earth, the difference between a sidereal day and a solar day is only about 4 minutes, which we don't really notice from day to day. On Venus the difference is obvously quite large (243 vs about 117 Earth-days).

Another part of the confusion depends on what the basis is for the 'day' and the 'year' -- measured by Venus standards, Earth standards, or by the home planet of the aliens who abducted you?

And this leaves off the question of what these \$1 or \$2 million star bucks are actually worth. Maybe not even worth a cup of coffee at Starbucks.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/08/2009 12:38 AM

As a Venusian year and day are not too different in duration, obviously the \$2 million deal is better. But how can the capsule be cooled to 21 deg. Centigrade over a period of a year when the outside temperature is 450 degrees ? A risky proposition.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/08/2009 1:15 AM

There's no money in the world that makes me stay there for only a second!

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/08/2009 1:49 AM

The information on Google is conflicting, will any member residing on on Venus give us the correct info, I will give that post a GA. (Hi AshesOnVenus give it a go please)

Some sites reported that the rotation is perpendicular to the plane of the orbit.

If true Venus will experience two rotations and defining a day would be impossible.

Analyzing the question

"You awake inside a small capsule sitting on the surface of Venus"

Does awake implies sunrise?

does small capsule imply you are miniaturised?

does the capsule have windows?

Venus who?

does small speaker implies a cell?

Don't Venus use jammers or other protection?

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/08/2009 10:03 AM

If the sites say that the axis of rotation is perpendicular to the plane of the orbit, that is close to exact - Venus's axis is only between 2 and 3-degrees away from being orthogonal to the orbital plane. You could also write that "Venus's orbital and rotational axes are within 3 degrees of each other". Either way, its days are even better defined than those on your Earth, and the tropical and polar regions are all very much smaller than for your Earth.

I can't tell you anything about your hypothetical capsule, but in any case your earth-eyes wouldn't see very far through this atmosphere.

Presumably the small speaker is one of my Venusian helpers. They are very small. As you might expect, the value of the Venus dollar is in proportion to their size - so there are approximately \$V100 to the Japanese Yen.

Jam is not a very effective protection against the sulfurous atmosphere.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/08/2009 1:52 AM

One year on venus is the right option to go for.

Venus is the second-closest planet to the Sun orbiting it every 224.7 Earth days.

Venus rotates once every 243 days—by far the slowest rotation period of any of the major planets.

So , in simple way \$1 million for 243 Earth days (One Day of Venus)

\$2 million for 224.7 Earth days (One year of Venus)

Choice is Yours :)

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/08/2009 2:50 AM

I will prefer to stay for couple of years.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/08/2009 3:12 PM

A Venusian year is 224+ earth days while a Venusian day is 244+ earth days so your better off staying a year for \$2 Million than sticking around for an extra 20 days for 1 million.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/08/2009 3:56 PM

Take the million and go, lifes to short to get greedy for the second million. Besides, what else do you and your familly need that one million can't buy!!

The terms are to vague and therfore open to interpretation so take the money and run LOL

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

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You awake inside a small capsule sitting on the surface of Venus. From a small speaker you hear a voice that says, "We will leave you here for either a day or a year. If you choose to stay a day, we will give you \$1 million, but if you choose to stay a year, we will give you \$2 million. Either way, you will have sufficient food and water, the temperature will remain a constant 70 degrees F, and you will have all the comforts of home." Which option should you choose?

Neither, I would insist upon being returned to Earth immediately!!! Once safely Home, I file a Lawsuit against the Guilty Parties for \$50 Million Dollars, and settle out of Court in 6 Months for \$10 Million... I mean Really, there isn't even a mentioning of a Window on this "Small Capsule", Not that My "Sunglasses" would be adequate.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/10/2009 8:13 PM

The question says "which option should YOU choose?" As for ME, I would take the third option which has of course not been offered, and that is neither. Is more money necessarily a better choice always, or any 'unearned money at all desirable? (Even Cyberfool in #48 got a GA for making the same third choice and suing for fifty million dollars!) I'm quite content with what little I have, thank you, and there are further reasons for declining the offer.

I'm more comfortable at temperatures somewhat greater than 70 deg F, and would certainly want some variation around the mean. The comforts of MY home are such that I prefer to get away from time to time, which my captors would not permit.

I'm really amazed that so many folk seem willing to spend any length of time "in a small capsule" for any amount of filthy lucre! "Sufficient food and water" sounds rather like prison fare, and I'm not inclined to bite.

Whoever is responsible for taking me to Venus (drugged or miniaturised or whatever) had better bring me back pronto and intact, without the knowledge of the local immigration authorities, considering that the validity of my passport expired a long long time ago. And they can keep their million dollars.

Both this thread and the Headlights one somehow reminded me of an old song "I started on a journey ... to a little town called Morrow ...." probably sung by the Kingston Trio. There were some lines like "... You should have gone to Morrow yesterday and back today ..." I remember getting muddled trying to figure out the logic. I can no longer recall the words, but I'm hoping that anyone on CR4 who does can enlighten me on whether the arithmetic was consistent (or deliberately not so)?

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/11/2009 1:41 AM

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"(Even Cyberfool in #48 got a GA for making the same third choice and suing for fifty million dollars!)"

What am I, chopped liver? - - - "Even Cyberfool"?

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"Whoever is responsible for taking me to Venus (drugged or miniaturised or whatever) had better bring me back pronto and intact, without the knowledge of the local immigration authorities, considering that the validity of my passport expired a long long time ago. And they can keep their million dollars."

My Passport is Valid for another 7 Months (without renewal), but I didn't expect to have My Papers checked by Venusians... I'd much rather be taken to Mars I'd weigh less, and only need a moderate spacesuit to be able to wander around, and explore.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/11/2009 5:32 PM

I think you already know you can't afford to be too sensitive around here.
The only relevant new input that I have discovered since my post #6 is your suggestion of suing, and try counting the GA's that have been awarded since then. And to crown it all no-one has given my post a single GA.

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04/12/2009 12:53 AM

I'm as Sensitive as the next 200 pound Mechanic/Inventor/Genius, Humble too...

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04/13/2009 8:03 PM

"I'm as Sensitive as the next 200 pound Mechanic/Inventor/Genius, Humble too..."

And I'm as Insensitive as the next 100 pound Mechanical Design Engineer, Arrogant too... (as liver choppers presumably should be!)

Humble apologies if my post #49 was perceived as offensive. Could be because I've never got around to using 'smileys'. I know I have an archaic manner of expressing myself, so being misunderstood is a known and accepted hazard. It's part of my stubborn refusal to learn any of the myriad tongues in today's Tower of Babel, after my exposure to FortranIV (long defunct?), which in my view was excellent for conventional engineering. Precisely because of its low fault-tolerance, which enforced disciplined thinking, unlike its successors which actively encourage carelessness and indolence (e.g. through gimmicks like 'automatic' generation of icons in text). It must be good business, this promotion of idiocy among the public, which happily keeps shelling out Megabucks for bloated products from the hardware and software suppliers, crammed with Gigahertz and Terabits of bells and whistles.

All of which has nothing to do with the venal aspects of the Venus Challenge. =TeeSquare=

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/14/2009 6:13 PM

I was Joking... I wasn't offended, it was just the way You Worded it, it was ripe for the ribbing.

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"It must be good business, this promotion of idiocy among the public, which happily keeps shelling out Megabucks for bloated products from the hardware and software suppliers, crammed with Gigahertz and Terabits of bells and whistles."

My Camera doesn't Make Phone Calls, and My Cell Phone doesn't take pictures... And I wouldn't even consider sending someone a "Text Message".

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04/14/2009 8:46 PM

"Believe it or not"

And I am one of those freaks who doesn't own a camera or a cell phone, or use a credit card !! I acquired a PC a few years back primarily to counter the taunts of my 'advanced' acquaintances, so I could battle them on their own turf.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/14/2009 10:30 PM

Good For You, the doing battle part, not the lack of other devices part...

My Cell, I could do without, I don't use a Credit Card either, lately I've been having lots of Fun making Video's for viewing on YouTube, so the Camera is indespensible.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/12/2009 5:19 AM

And to crown it all no-one has given my post a single GA.

I'll withdraw my negating vote if you pay me.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/16/2009 9:35 AM

Don't feel bad. The overwhelming response of people who were nit-picking about the relative lengths of Venus years and days was quite discouraging. The operative action here is called 'Read the fine print'. But even that assumes that you are dealing with an entity with some semblence of morals. What kind of person or thing transports you to Venus in an unconscious state without your prior consent? Doesn't sound like NASA, sounds more like Osama Bin Laden. Therefore: 1. Bail out if possible, sue if given the opportunity. 2. Agree to the shortest period of time, if that is the only option, and hope you are dealing with honorable people. 3. Beyond that, "Abandon all hope Ye who enter here...". You will never survive with your sanity intact. Of course, what proof do you have that you are really on Venus? I doubt that anyone can distinguish a 10% reduction in gravity in a uniform field. You could be at the depest part of the ocean, 7 miles down. Either that or Venus presents the same ultimate consideration: What guarantee do you have that your 'capsule' will survive that long? Ask the Russians how long their probe lasted. It looks like the odds favor insanity or death by failure of life support. So who has a real choice, anyway?

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/11/2009 7:16 PM

How funny is it that I looked at your picture of Mars this morning for maybe 30 seconds.. and never noticed the Walmart.. I was focusing on the rocks... I guess I hadn't had my morning coffee yet... what's this life coming to, where i have to check my CR4 before I have coffee?!

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/11/2009 9:59 PM

CR4, an addiction stronger than coffee? We could get a reputation! Oh, what will the ladies in the quilting circle think!

Yeeeeaaaahhh, RIGHT!

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04/12/2009 1:02 AM

Pretty Darn funny... But My Cure for Morning dreariness is to sleep till Noon.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/15/2009 9:08 PM

Cheer up Chris . Seeing how ubiquitous they are, you'll probably find a Starbucks or two on Venus as well !

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/15/2009 10:22 PM

of course.. because why... probably the only way we are gettin' there is through commercial enterprise!

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/16/2009 2:02 AM

ROFL - just think how much money Armstrong could have got for slipping in a brand name. I'm sure he hesitated and bottled out ; "That's one small step for <Adidas> man, a ......

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/14/2009 12:01 PM

If the days and years are "Venus", then take the \$2 million (for a shorter elapsed time). If they are "Earth" days and years, then the \$1 million is a better deal.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/14/2009 3:36 PM

Ah-hem,

What is wrong with all you techie-types??? The answer is \$2 million! It seems *SO* obvious to me... :^) "All the comforts of home..."

Sheesh!

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/14/2009 4:05 PM

one year for two million.

a year or a day in the life; it's all the same.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/14/2009 4:35 PM

I think i would choose the first option. Stay one day and take the \$1 Million. Why stay in a capsule for a whole year and cash in 2million when you can't even use it for the whole year. I would rather take the Million dollar and come back to earth and invest the money in my savings account and cash in on the interest for however long i can. For all you know the present value of \$1 million will be worth more than \$2 million in the future. Cash today is better than money in the future!!!!!

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/14/2009 9:45 PM

What they haven't told you is that you get paid in Zimbabwean dollars and they back charge you the fare out and back plus accommodation costs while there (fares charged in US\$ of course).

Next thing you will be asked to put down a deposit to show your sincerity in taking up the challenge.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/14/2009 11:03 PM

Spirit of the Chalange was purely to think about the duration of year and the day on Venus.

But, I do not know, why we members go in many other non relevent allied matters like, "it is difficult to stay alive on Venus", "it is like prison", "Passport and VISA for Venus" , "Sue whoever has taken me to Venus" and so many.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/15/2009 2:57 AM

"...small capsule.....all the comforts of home"

It's not possible.

Anyway, if 'home' means Earth, why the heck would I want to come back ?

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/15/2009 5:23 AM

Eventually You'll run out of "Crisps"... And if You can get delivered to Venus, Why Not ask about other Planets, or Moons?

AH, to See Jupiter rise from the Horizon of one of it's Moons... Or Sample the Atmospheric Gases of Uranus.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/15/2009 8:08 AM

We can take that sample without leaving home ;)

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04/15/2009 8:10 AM

Because we would miss you and the insights you bring!

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/15/2009 11:53 AM

Aw, that's sweet ! Fear not, you'd all be part of my 'home comforts'

For all I know, I could already be in the capsule......now where did I get that dang quote , 'good afternoon, good evening, and good night!', from........

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04/15/2009 12:56 PM

So you are the Phantum Raspberry blower of Ole London town!

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LOL ! That show was pure gold

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now where did I get that dang quote , 'good afternoon, good evening, and good night!', from........

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Truman Burbank {Jim Carrey} said it, in "The Truman Show" {1998}. It started with "Good Morning, and in case I don't see ya,..."

A Quote from the Movie that You might like;

Christof {Ed Harris} said: "I have given Truman the chance to lead a Normal Life. The World, the place You live in, is the sick place. "

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04/16/2009 1:52 AM

The question that hangs in my mind is this ; Truman finds the door - on the other side is there yet another door ? . I don't think we actually see him go fully through the door, although continuing from that point would have killed the movie. For a comedy it's fairly deep, but I do tend to let my imagination run riot with such things ! Religious comparison is too easy, I like to think of it as metaphorical for the reality of 20th/21st C communication. Spooky !

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04/17/2009 6:27 PM

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"but I do tend to let my imagination run riot with such things!"

I am beginning to think all of Your thoughts tend to run amok... But as Robin Williams said in the Movie Bicentennial Man, "One is not Qualified to Run Mok's".

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04/18/2009 2:38 AM

I'm pretty sure it's the imagination running things upstairs - 'thought' would imply some sort of control. That's just plain scary !

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/15/2009 5:15 AM

i would stay for the year as i would get home quicker (with \$2m) than if i stayed for a day which is longer by over 18 days.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/15/2009 5:50 AM

a night on venus is a lifetime on mercury

anyone familiar with this?

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04/17/2009 2:45 PM

I believe the actual original quote was "A night in the arms of Venus leads to a lifetime with Mercury"

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04/17/2009 6:32 PM

I'd rather have a Night with Halle Berry, I don't mind that She is older than Me...

Isn't Venus a Woman in the WWF?

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/15/2009 9:56 AM

You would be better off going for a year to get the \$2mil. The orbit of venus takes less time to complete than its rotation. I believe that it is 225 and 245 days respectively.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/15/2009 9:00 PM

this question must apply to all the lonely anal retentative people that don't have friends, family or the need to talk to anyone.

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04/16/2009 4:55 AM

In short, all we denizens of CR4?

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04/16/2009 11:11 PM

I Prefer to stay in my bedroom with my girlfrend rather staying somewhere......

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04/17/2009 6:53 PM

How did You get on CR4 with a Girlfriend?!?

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/17/2009 2:41 PM

Oh, heavens to betsy, I would have trouble staying for one day. I would be bored out of my skull.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/17/2009 3:37 PM

Stay for the Venusian year and take the \$2 million. Due to the slow, backwards rotation of Venus, the Venusian year is shorter than its day!

Steve Pulliam, amateur astronomer.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/18/2009 4:52 PM

The practical day if you are on the planet is the solar day (sunrise to sunrise). Because the rotation is backwards, this cannot be longer than the year.

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/20/2009 1:25 AM

If the rotation is backward - will i arrive at home 245 earth-days (one venus-day) before i went to venus?

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/21/2009 10:44 AM

Its easy,

Men are Mars, Women from Venus.. I would stay a day, and get the heck out of there !

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### Re: One Year On Venus: Newsletter Challenge (04/07/09)

04/21/2009 10:34 PM

If One found ones self waking up in a capsual on venus and being given the choice of one day or one year, you would certainly have to consider the following;

A; If you just awoke in a capsual on venus then you were abducted! and your primery goal would be to get home safely,failing this secondry goal would be avenge the abductors!

B; The time of departure would not be relevent to cash bonuses but to the current orbits of Venus and the speed of which you travel by. the earths orbit would be the same as it now or in one earth year as time on our planet is measured by the orbit of our planet around the sun so in one year the earth would be in the same place.

However Venus has smaller orbit to us and dependind upon the current position of venus within this orbit would be factor to consider. you see when the two planets are closest together in their orbits and given the current speeds of our space craft

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