Venus Clouds Could Host Extraterrestrial Life Forms, Study Says

Venus Clouds Could Host Extraterrestrial Life Forms, Study Says

In the quest to answer whether we're alone, scientists have found that the clouds of venus may help solve the mystery of whether life outside of Earth exists. "That's much longer than is believed to have occurred on Mars".

It is when scientists came across the fact the atmosphere of Venus between the altitude 40 and 60 kilometers i.e lower and middle portion couldn't host life while its surface has always been the most inhospitable place with the temperature as high as 450° Celsius. This part plane, part blimp vessel was created to roam the Venusian atmosphere and gather data that would help scientists understand what went wrong in Venus' past to send it down such a different path from Earth - Venus is often called our planet's twin, due to striking similarities in mass, gravity, chemistry, and general evolution (with the key difference that Venus is a boiling acid bubble).

The scientists have also said that further research is needed to investigate.

Scientists have been on a mission to find evidence of extraterrestrial life for decades - and Venus may be the ideal place to start.

Those dark patches have been a mystery since they were first observed by ground-based telescopes almost a century ago, says Limaye.

Between the years 1962 and 1978, different probes were sent to the planet which showed that 25 to 27 miles up into Venus's atmosphere, it would not be out of the realm of possibility if the planet were to harbour microbial life in these areas.

"Venus shows some episodic dark, sulfuric rich patches, with contrasts up to 30-40 percent in the ultraviolet, and muted in longer wavelengths", says Dr Limaye. "These patches persist for days, changing their shape and contrasts continuously and appear to be scale dependent", said Limaye. He stated that there are also unidentified particles with similar properties that create dark patches in the atmosphere of Venus.

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The patches could be something akin to the algae blooms that occur routinely in the lakes and oceans of Earth, Limaye and Mogul said.

The scientists believe Venus may even be a more likely source of life than Mars or other planets because it previously may have had liquid water on its surface for as long as 2 billion years, Science Daily reported.

This potentially habitable atmosphere exists around 31 miles above the surface, inspiring sci-fi stories about terraforming Venus to build cities in the clouds.

Such a platform could include instruments like Raman Lidar, meteorological and chemical sensors, and spectrometers, says Limaye.

Also, some types of microbes are capable of surviving in even more severe conditions.

"To really know, we need to go there and sample the clouds", Mogul added as per the statement.

"Venus could be an exciting new chapter in astrobiology exploration", Mogul said.

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