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 Posted:   Sep 14, 2020 - 9:18 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Strange chemical in clouds of Venus defies explanation. Could it be a sign of life?

Discovering life beyond Earth may well start with a sniff, a whiff of some chemical that scientists struggle to explain without invoking a strange, shadowy microbe. That first step has happened on Mars and on a few distant moons, and now, scientists suggest, on Venus.

A team of astronomers announced today (Sept. 14) that it has spotted the chemical fingerprint of phosphine, which scientists have suggested may be tied to life, in the clouds of the second rock from the sun. The finding is no guarantee that life exists on Venus, but researchers say it's a tantalizing find that emphasizes the need for more missions to the hot, gassy planet next door.

"The interpretation that it's potentially due to life, I think, is probably not the first thing I would go for," Victoria Meadows, an astrobiologist at the University of Washington who was not involved in the new research, told Space.com.


Source: https://www.space.com/venus-clouds-possible-life-chemical-discovery.html

 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2020 - 9:28 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

I thought methane was the primary ingredient that was looked for since false positives can happen when looking for oxygen. It's hard to believe anything is living on Venus.

 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2020 - 9:36 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Watching the webcast they said phosphine can only be produced on earth by organic means (or man made.) Though they admit Venus atmosphere is so acidic they don't know how life could survive even in the upper layers of Venus.

 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2020 - 9:42 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

Mother Nature is always playing a shell game with human suckers. She once said, "They'll believe anything, even a face on Mars!"

 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2020 - 9:51 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

"It's life, but not as we know it." big grin Seriously, extremophiles on earth opens up the universe to many possibilities.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2020 - 10:01 AM   
 By:   ROBERT Z   (Member)

Life alone is not life.

 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2020 - 4:34 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

Phosphine is found in penguin dung, so the logical conclusion is a colony. How they migrate from Earth is still a mystery.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2020 - 4:42 PM   
 By:   Moonlit   (Member)

Strange chemical in clouds of Venus defies explanation. Could it be a sign of life?

More likely a space ghost dancing.

 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2020 - 6:29 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

PLM!

 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2020 - 8:27 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Phosphine is found in penguin dung, so the logical conclusion is a colony. How they migrate from Earth is still a mystery.

Oh so this is where Porgs came from! You cracked the case wide open.

 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2020 - 8:27 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

PLM!

PLM?

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2020 - 1:35 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

Someone wants a grant.

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2020 - 3:58 AM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

Someone wants a grant.

Ho-hi-ho-hi-ho-hi-HOH!

How long did that Russian lander last under all the pressure and heat after successfully touching down?

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2020 - 6:34 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

Someone wants a grant.

Ho-hi-ho-hi-ho-hi-HOH!

How long did that Russian lander last under all the pressure and heat after successfully touching down?


There was recent news about bacteria surviving in space, so perhaps the Russian ship accidentally seeded the upper atmosphere with life.

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2020 - 6:47 AM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

Venus fly trap - Earth plants are easy?

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2020 - 6:50 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Someone wants a grant.

And? That's how it works. Research doesn't fund itself.

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2020 - 6:52 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Someone wants a grant.

Ho-hi-ho-hi-ho-hi-HOH!

How long did that Russian lander last under all the pressure and heat after successfully touching down?


There was recent news about bacteria surviving in space, so perhaps the Russian ship accidentally seeded the upper atmosphere with life.


Unlikely anything on the Russian probes would've survived.

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2020 - 6:53 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

Careful - this kind of brainstorming led to movies like Monster a Go-Go. And look what it did to NASA.

wikipedia
Monster a Go-Go! is a 1965 American science-fiction horror film directed by Bill Rebane and Herschell Gordon Lewis (who remained uncredited in association with this film). The film is considered to be one of the worst films ever made.

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2020 - 6:54 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)


 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2020 - 11:41 AM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

Blob lives matter.

 
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