Monday, 14 September 2020

Hints of life on Venus: Scientists detect phosphine molecules in high cloud decks

quote [ An international team of astronomers, led by Professor Jane Greaves of Cardiff University, today announced the discovery of a rare molecule—phosphine—in the clouds of Venus. On Earth, this gas is only made industrially, or by microbes that thrive in oxygen-free environments. ]

It's not 100% certain, but it looks like there may be (microbial) life on Venus. So 2020 isn't completely without good news. Though it wouldn't surprise me if this turned out to just be the discovery of some new abiotic process instead, it's that kind of year.

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[by hellboy]
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donnie said @ 10:10pm GMT on 14th September
Or it may just be a freakish Russian expat that hitch-hiked on Venera, mutated to survive there, and has now totally colonized the atmosphere...

donnie said @ 10:15pm GMT on 14th September
Or it may just be a freakish Russian expat that hitch-hiked on Venera, mutated to survive there, and has now totally colonized the atmosphere...

In support of the spacecraft-Earth-to-Venus-transfer-of-life scenario is evidence that viable fungi and bacteria not only survived heat-treatment sterilization of spacecraft (La Duc et al. 2014; Venkateswaran et al. 2012; Puleo et al. 1977) but may have survived the journey from Earth to Mars, as successive photos taken months apart depict what appears to be masses of fungal-bacterial organisms growing on the NASA’s Mars rovers Curiosity and Opportunity (Joseph 2018; Joseph et al. 2019).

Source : Life on Venus and the interplanetary transfer of biota from Earth



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donnie said @ 10:10pm GMT on 14th September
Or it may just be a freakish Russian expat that hitch-hiked on Venera, mutated to survive there, and has now totally colonized the atmosphere...

In support of the spacecraft-Earth-to-Venus-transfer-of-life scenario is evidence that viable fungi and bacteria not only survived heat-treatment sterilization of spacecraft (La Duc et al. 2014; Venkateswaran et al. 2012; Puleo et al. 1977) but may have survived the journey from Earth to Mars, as successive photos taken months apart depict what appears to be masses of fungal-bacterial organisms growing on the NASA’s Mars rovers Curiosity and Opportunity (Joseph 2018; Joseph et al. 2019).

Source : Life on Venus and the interplanetary transfer of biota from Earth




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