The recent identification of a molecule exhibiting life characteristics in the Venus firmament will catalyze the venture of this planet by governments and commercial space businesses. Astronomers recorded that in their astronomical activities, they came across a phosphine molecule in Venus. The first discovery of this molecule was by the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, which uses infrared and microwave spectrums to study solar systems’ atmospherical compositions. This discovery came to verification when the second telescope also witnessed a similar lump in the atmosphere of Venus.
Scientists have come up with the theory that anaerobic surroundings have a way of producing phosphine from the life that ventures these zones. The scientists think that phosphine in the Venus atmosphere may be a sign that experience is developing in it. Nevertheless, they have not conducted experiments to negate the possibility of phosphine emerging from non-living materials.
The publisher of the article speculating life in Venus, William Bains, stated that phosphine on the planet could only imply two phenomena. He argues that it is either Venus has some chemically exotic reactions taking place in its atmosphere or the alien life existing on this planet is excreting the phosphine. William Bains is also an astronomer based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Although Venus is a planet with hot gases and sulphuric acid, its atmosphere’s upper zones can host life since the conditions here are favorable. Scientists in the past thought that its possible to live in this upper atmosphere of Venus. However, they did not verify this truth due to a lack of resources to withstand penetration into the Venus atmosphere.
MIT’s Sara Seager was quick to clarify that they are not concluding there is life in Venus. She added that Venus’s possibility of life is because phosphine on Earth directly links to life. The MIT scientists requested that a more explorative approach must be considered to prove that there is life on Venus. Seager advised that spacecraft missions should head for the planet to identify other complex materials that confirm life’s presence in the Venus atmosphere.
Various missions that have been to Venus include ESA’s Venus Express, Magellan mission, and JAXA’s Akatsuki mission, all of which were not thorough in their research due to insufficient funds to support their exploits.
Countries like Russia, through its Venera-D project and India through the Shukrayaan-1 mission, are challenging to venture the Venus planet even if other countries like the USA are afraid to make this tour. Nevertheless, Peter Beck is considering launching a proposal for Venus’s mission to clarify the observed peculiarity of the planet further. In conclusion, NASA explained that they will be looking into project Venus now that they have identified a motive to compel them to venture the planet.