Alien vs Predator
Mother Earth along with its plentiful resources makes it a hotspot for the creation and continuation of life. The existence of life beyond our planet is something many believe to be true, although we have yet to properly document and research extraterrestrial life.
Scientists have long used probes and telescopes to seek clues regarding the potential for life on other planets and moons in our solar system. On Monday, scientists have found yet another clue on Earth’s inhospitable neighbor, Venus.
In the harshly acidic clouds of Venus, scientists have found a gas called phosphine that indicates microbes may inhibit the planet. Phosphine is a phosphorus atom with three hydrogen atoms attached and is highly toxic to people.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology molecular astrophysicist and study co-author Clara Sousa-Silva had this to say on the matter: “I can only speculate on what life might survive on Venus, if indeed it is there. No life would be able to survive on the surface of Venus, because it is completely inhospitable, even for biochemistries completely different from ours. But a long time ago, Venus could have had life on its surface, before a runaway greenhouse effect left most of the planet completely uninhabitable. Fortunately, Venus is right next door,” Sousa-Silva said. “So, we can literally go and check.”
Scientists probably won’t be finding a gang of aliens making TikTok dances on the planet. Still, if there is potential for life in a harsh environment like Venus big or small, imagine the potential for the rest of our universe.
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