NASA chief says Venus is ‘a stop in our quest for life’

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstein described the planet Venus as “a stop in our quest for life”.

“Today, we are at the peak of amazing discoveries that can tell us more about the possibility of life from Earth,” he said in a statement. Astrobiology, which involves looking for life elsewhere, is a major priority at NASA, explained Bridenstein.

Breidenstein cited new research from an international team of astronomers that discovered the discovery of a rare molecule, phosphine, in Venus’s clouds.

Scientists said that, on Earth, gas is produced only industrially or by microbes that thrive in an oxygen-free environment.

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The research, led by Professor Jane Greaves of Cardiff University in Britain, was announced by the Royal Astronomical Society and published in the journal Nature Astronomy.

False color image of Venus, using 283-nm and 365-nm band images taken by the Venus Ultraviolet Imager (UVI).
(JAXA / ISAS / Akatsuki Project Team)

Bridenstein described the discovery as “intriguing”, noting that it may point towards biosignors. “As is common in science, the more we learn, the more questions we have,” he said. “This is the best cycle of discovery, including the discovery of potential biosigniments on other worlds.”

The NASA chief said that four missions are being considered for the two discovery missions to be selected in 2021. “Among them include an astronomy mission to Neptune’s moon Triton and a geological mission to the body of the most volcanically active planets in the solar system. Come to Jupiter’s moon,” he said. “The other two missions are believed to have been Venus. Has been given the proposed missions. One is focused on understanding its environment and the other on understanding the geological history of Venus. ”

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NASA is also partnering with Europe on another proposed Venus mission called Envision according to Bridstein.

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