[RDM] Life on Venus?

By | September 15, 2020

I am sure there are other links to this story, but I found it first on RT.com, and so they get the honor of the link, which is here.

Quite fascinating, and you can read the details in the link, but we there is a distinct possibility, perhaps even likelihood, that there is bacterial life in the upper Venusian atmosphere. Who would have thought? 

As I am sure you know, Venus is hotter than hell. 800+ degree Fahrenheit at the surface, enough to melt lead and all that. But what about thirty miles above the planet’s surface? There, the temperature is more like a balmy 85 degrees F, like being on the beaches in Florida. Except for the massive sulfuric acid content, which would pretty much kill anything we can think of — except potential extremophile bacteria!

Scientists have found a potential signature of life in that part of the atmosphere in the form of phosphines, which are a byproduct of life processes. At least this is what the folks are telling us. As you would expect, the statements are all very carefully worded, and no one has found the actual life itself, but the signature is there, and it would appear likely that there is some life there. 

The idea being that Venus did once have a habitable environment billions of years ago, before it was subject to runaway greenhouse effect. The bacteria, if they exist, would be the last remnants of that life. 

I keep thinking of Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park: “life finds a way.” 

RD