Missions to confirm signs of life on Venus are already in the works

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In 2010, Japan despatched the Akatsuki probe to review Venus’s environment

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AFTER a long time of neglect, our closest planetary neighbour is all of the sudden the flavour of the month. On 14 September, scientists mentioned that they had found phosphine on Venus, a possible signature of life. Will this discovery usher in a brand new period of Venus exploration, like that of Mars earlier than it?

The Pink Planet was thrust into the limelight in 1996 when scientists mentioned that they had found proof for fossilised life in a Martian meteorite referred to as ALH84001 present in Antarctica. “If this discovery is confirmed, it would absolutely …


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