After scientists found natural phenomena on Venus that hint at life, the POT is already considering sending a mission to that planet. That of Venus It is one of the four options that the agency will decide in April 2021.
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A few days ago we informed you that scientists from the University of Cardiff discovered phosphine or phosphane (PH3) in the atmosphere of Venus. The presence of this gas could be a sign of some form of microscopic life on the planet, so even Russia expressed interest: they could send a space mission to examine the Venusian atmosphere.
The POT, for its part, reported that it evaluates the same possibility. Two of the projects he is considering have to do with sending robotic probes to Venus. One of them, called Davinci +, would be focused mainly on the study of the atmosphere:
“Davinci is the logical one to choose if the motivation is to follow up on this. The way to continue is to go there and see what happens in its atmosphere, “astrobiologist David Grinspoon told ..
According to what was reported by ., the other mission proposal to Venus for consideration of the POT is Veritas. This would focus on studying the geological history of that planet. Also contemplated are IVO, which would study Jupiter’s volcanic moon Io, and Trident: a mission to map Triton, Neptune’s moon.
Life as we know it on Earth would be practically impossible in Venus. Its atmosphere rich in carbon dioxide and its proximity to the Sun cause a greenhouse effect. However, the presence of phosphine can indicate other forms of life:
“Throughout my entire career I have been interested in seeking life in other parts of the Universe, so I am impressed that this is possible,” said Professor Jane Greaves of Cardiff University.