I wonder what the planning meeting for this was like. Did someone waltz in NASA headquarters with a well thought out plan for exploring the surface of Venus with an interstellar zeppelin, or did they canvas the local special-needs daycare for ideas, because I’m pretty sure no sane adult would come up with this.
Science used to be very straightforward. We’d send a couple of steely-eyed Americans to the moon in a mason jar, record the whole thing to piss off the Russkies, then we’d come home in time for beers. I have no idea what is going on any more.