NASA issues announcement about possible signs of life on Venus


Venus is depicted in this artistic imprint. Astronomers at MIT, Cardiff University and elsewhere may have seen signs of life in Venus’s atmosphere. Credit: ESO (European Southern Observatory) / M. Kornmesser and NASA / JPL / Caltech

[On Monday, scientific research was published showing phosphine, a possible signature of life, present in the atmosphere of Venus. The following is NASA’s announcement related to this discovery. -ed.]

A paper about chemistry Venus Was recently published in Nature astronomy. NASA was not involved in the research and cannot comment directly on the findings; However, we believe in the scientific peer review process and look forward to the strong discussion that will follow its publication.

NASA has an extensive astrobiology program that explores life in many different ways in the solar system and beyond. Over the past two decades, we have made new discoveries that collectively increase the likelihood of finding life elsewhere.

Hubble Space Telescope Ultraviolet-Light Venus

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope showed an ultraviolet-light image of Venus on January 24, 1995, topping the planet’s cloud 70.6 million miles (113.6 million kilometers) from Earth. Credit: NASA / ESA / Space Telescope Science Institute

With the increasing number of planets, Venus is proving to be an exciting place to search, although it was not an important part of the search for life due to its extreme temperature, atmospheric composition and other factors. Two of the next four candidate missions for NASA’s Discovery Program focus on Venus, as is the Envision Mission to Europe, of which NASA is a partner. Venus is also a planet that we can reach with small missions.

Astrobiology is the study of the origin, development and distraction of life in the universe.