Venus, as we all know, is a planet with crushing atmospheric pressure and with clouds filled with sulfuric acid. Due to this horrible atmosphere, humans have never considered carrying out a manned mission to this planet. 

However, a group of experts believe that Venus should be the initial target for humans, as space agencies like NASA prepare for the Mars colonization mission. 

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According to these experts, Venus is significantly closer, thus allowing humans to carry out a return mission doable in a year. 

According to a report presented at the International Astronautical Congress last week, a potential flyby on Venus would be scientifically valuable and could provide a crucial experience of a lengthy deep-space mission as a precursor to visiting Mars, The Guardian reported. 

"Venus gets a bad rap because it's got such a difficult surface environment. The current Nasa paradigm is moon-to-Mars. We're trying to make the case for Venus as an additional target on that pathway," said Dr Noam Izenberg of the Johns Hopkins University applied physics laboratory, who is also a strong proponent of Venus's mission. 

Izenberg believes that performing a slingshot around Venus could reduce the travel time, and the fuel required to reach the Red Planet. He strongly argues that a manned mission to Venus will be a natural stepping stone to achieving the ultimate aim of Mars colonization

Izenberg added: "We need to understand how we can get out of the cradle and move into the universe." 

However, everyone is not convinced about the idea of a manned trip to Venus. 

"It's really not a nice place to go. It's a hellish environment and the thermal challenges for a human mission would be quite considerable," said professor Andrew Coates, a space scientist at UCL's Mullard space science laboratory. 

He added that Venus could be a place for scientific exploration, but not suitable for a manned mission.