Possible Life in the upper atmosphere of Venus

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Dennis P Brown
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Possible Life in the upper atmosphere of Venus

Post by Dennis P Brown » Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:27 pm

So Phosphine (20 ppb) was found in Venus' atmosphere; there are no known natural processes that create this except life. That does not mean there is life just that until a better process is proposed, or a probe goes there and doesn't find it, then that is the best idea. Of course, I bet NASA and others quickly decide to send 'floating' probes to Venus ASAP to find out if this discovery is true once these rather surprising results are first confirmed by others (rather simple for any major observatory so I'd expect that sooner rather than later.)


See: https://www.washingtonpost.com/technolo ... -evidence/

and without a pay wall or requirement to use one of your free access usages, see: https://www.livescience.com/phosphine-s ... venus.html

I think the orginal article is available at Nature:

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

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Re: Possible Life in the upper atmosphere of Venus

Post by Rich Feldman » Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:28 pm

So Venus atmosphere balloon probe joins the throng of applicants competing for space probe funding.
Other missions include the big metallic asteroid, Titan lake floater, Enceladus and Europa, etc.
One that got approved, as discussed here a year or so ago, is the Titan lander / quadcopter that can fly from place under RTG power.
(Accumulated in batteries, which would be hard to keep warm without waste heat from the RTG.)
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