An international team reported the discovery of a gas that could indicate the existence of living microbes.
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Despite all of Elon Musk and Jeff Bezo’s best efforts to colonize other planets, a team of unsuspecting scientific researchers released the news that life could exist on Venus. More or less.
An international group of 19 astronomers and astrophysicists published a study in the journal today Natural astronomy simply titled “Phosphane gas in the cloud cover of Venus”. While this title sounds like the name of a Tangerine Dream album, it underscores its main discovery: phosphine, a poisonous gas produced by oxygen-poor bacteria on Earth, is evident in the atmosphere of Venus.
Several ground-based telescopes confirmed the find. Although the researchers quickly recognized the difference between the phosphine concentrations found on Venus and the claims about the existence of green dwarfs on our neighboring planet.
In an interview with Reuters, Massachusetts Institute of Technology molecular astrophysicist and study co-author Clara Sousa-Silva stated that “With what we now know about Venus, the most plausible explanation for phosphine, as fantastic as it sounds, is the presence of life “before I add” I can only speculate as to what life could survive on Venus if it existed. No life could survive on the surface of Venus because it is completely inhospitable, even to a completely different biochemistry than ours. But long ago Venus could have had life on its surface before a runaway greenhouse effect made most of the planet completely uninhabitable. “
Musk and Bezos have not yet commented on the news, although it is believed they already have a team busy building larger telescopes.