According to scientists, dark patches have been spotted on the planet’s clouds which could suggest that microbes may be able to live there.
They used space probes to detect dark patches around the rust-coloured body of Venus, which resemble light-absorbing properties of bacteria seen on Earth.
The research was published earlier this week and suggests that the microbes could survive by being blown around by winds in Venus’ cooler cloud tops.
The NASA-backed report reads:
“Our comparative analyses support the blended hypotheses that terrestrial-type biology can survive within and contribute to the spectral signatures of Venus’ clouds”
“To test the ideas presented here, we propose the need for an integrated chemical, biochemical, and microbiological study focusing on the survival and spectroscopy of terrestrial microorganisms under Venus’ cloud conditions.”
The experts said in light of the findings, further investigation of Venus is needed, while the team behind the research has called for samples to be returned back to Earth.
“Looking forward, investigations into the actual habitability of Venus’ clouds would ideally benefit from a mixture of orbiter, lander, airplane/balloons, and sample return missions.”
Sanjay Limaye from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Space Science and Engineering Centre said the planet has had plenty of time to evolve, adding: “Venus shows some episodic dark, sulfuric rich patches, with contrasts up to 30-40 percent in the ultraviolet, and muted in longer wavelengths.”
He also added
“Microbes may survive by being blown around by winds in the cooler cloud tops.”
Venus is known for its incredibly inhospitable surface conditions, encountering acid rain and temperatures close to 500°C.
The latest explosive findings come after research fellow Barry DiGregorio rocked the science world last month when he told Daily Star Online he believes aliens have already been discovered on Mars.
Dr DiGregorio had accused NASA of covering up evidence of alien life on the planet, and was convinced images released by the space agency’s Curiosity rover this year are proof of trace fossils.
According to the research fellow for the University of Buckingham, these present signs of “soft bodies creatures” who once roamed the Red Planet.
We’re all going to die the aliens are coming! April Fool’s, haha! Oh, what’s that, a NASA study says aliens could be living in the acid clouds of Venus. Not laughing now, are we?
Isn’t that just incredible – scientists can tell you about ice located under the surface of a planet 54,600,000km away – I couldn’t even tell you what’s in my fridge and that’s about half an hour away.
According to Scientists
Venus has had plenty of time to evolve life on its own.
On computer models that suggest Venus once had a hospitable climate with liquid on its surface as far as long as 2 billion years ago, he added: “That’s much longer than is believed to have occurred on Mars.”