After scientists found natural phenomena on Venus that give hints of life, the NASA is already considering sending a mission to that planet. That of Venus It is one of the four options that the agency will decide in April 2021.
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A few days ago we informed you that scientists from the University of Cardiff discovered phosphine or phosphane (PH3) in the atmosphere of Venus. The presence of that gas could be a sign of some form of microscopic life on the planet, so even Russia expressed interest: They could send a space mission to examine the Venusian atmosphere.
The NASA, for its part, reported that it evaluates the same possibility. Two of the projects he envisages have to do with sending robotic probes to Venus. One of them, called Davinci +, would be mainly focused on the study of the atmosphere:
“Davinci is the logical one to choose if the motivation is to follow up on this. The way to continue is to go there and see what happens in its atmosphere, “astrobiologist David Grinspoon told Reuters.
According to what was reported by Reuters, the other mission proposal to Venus for consideration of the NASA is Veritas. This would focus on studying the geological history of that planet. IVOs are also considered, which would study Jupiter’s volcanic moon Io, and Trident: a mission to make a map of Triton, Neptune’s moon.
Life as we know it on Earth would be practically impossible in Venus. Its atmosphere rich in carbon dioxide and its proximity to the Sun cause a greenhouse effect. However, the presence of phosphine can indicate other forms of life:
“Throughout my entire career I have been interested in seeking life in other parts of the Universe, so I am impressed that this is possible,” said Professor Jane Greaves of Cardiff University.