Life on Venus? Maybe

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Life on Venus? Maybe

Looks like they have detected phosphine which is produced by microbial life. Big announcement today.

https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/ast.2020.2244

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That sounds plausible. Cool find Thumbs Up

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There’s an announcement at 4pm GMT and a special programme on BBC4 later.

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Nice.

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Interesting.

Thanks for sharing Beer

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very interesting find, didn’t know about it.

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Cool Worlds is a good, authoritative source. Another is Event Horizon and Anton with What Da Math.
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I wasn’t aware of possible life on Venus. Thanks for pointing this out. I could catch up with the matter.
IIUC there is no known explanation for phosphine (in such abundance) on a rocky planet other then microbial activity…
Quite fascinating and exciting.

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I’m trying to find out if there are any planned missions to Venus in the near future, that could repurposed to investigate.

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Would love to know what flashlights or light technology all these excursions are using.

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TheAuditor wrote:
I’m trying to find out if there are any planned missions to Venus in the near future, that could repurposed to investigate.

None at present. Maybe this will change things.

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All missions are proposed. Just one flyby this year. Hopefully some budget will now be found to get a mission up and running soon.

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well, there goes the neighborhood.

from SA:
“…high concentrations of the molecule phosphine—a stinky, flammable chemical typically associated with feces, farts and rotting microbial activity—in an atmospheric layer far above the planet’s scorching surface.”

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/venus-might-host-life-new-dis...

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Paper here:
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41550-020-1174-4

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The presence of PH3 is unexplained after exhaustive study of steady-state chemistry and photochemical pathways, with no currently known abiotic production routes in Venus’s atmosphere, clouds, surface and subsurface, or from lightning, volcanic or meteoritic delivery. PH3 could originate from unknown photochemistry or geochemistry, or, by analogy with biological production of PH3 on Earth, from the presence of life.

So in summary, phosphine is not known to form abiotically in conditions like those present on Venus, but life also is not known to survive in conditions like those present on Venus, so biotic and abiotic theories are open for discussion.

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Very informative.
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Rusty Joe wrote:
TheAuditor wrote:
I’m trying to find out if there are any planned missions to Venus in the near future, that could repurposed to investigate.

None at present. Maybe this will change things.

RocketLab has a commercial exploration Venus mission slated for 2023.

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StihlMad wrote:
Rusty Joe wrote:
TheAuditor wrote:
I’m trying to find out if there are any planned missions to Venus in the near future, that could repurposed to investigate.

None at present. Maybe this will change things.

RocketLab has a commercial exploration Venus mission slated for 2023.

It is awaiting funding and approval, but it’s still technically on the drawing board.

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The Venusians denied their request.

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It’s 900F on the surface though.

V is the hottest planet. Though M is closer to the Sun.

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