Venus Could Be a Life-Sustaining Planet

Mars is not the only option out there for a planet B.
Loukia Papadopoulos

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When you think of a possible life-sustaining planet, your mind always goes to Mars. But what if there were other possible options, perhaps even better ones?

The discovery of phosphine in the Venusian atmosphere has changed the way we view the far away planet. Phosphine, a rare gas here on Earth, usually indicates the presence of microbial activity in oxygen-starved environments.

The fact that it has been found on the planet Venus raises the possibility that the phosphine in the Venusian atmosphere could be a direct product of life and could indicate that life could be sustainable on the planet.

Of course, if we were to live on Venus it would not be directly on the planet as its temperatures reach 842 degrees Fahrenheit (450°C) and its barometric pressure is 90 times what you might experience here on Earth. Instead, we would live up a bit higher in its atmosphere.

At around 30 miles (48km) above the Venusian surface, temperatures drop to a manageable 158 degrees Fahrenheit (70°C) and pressure drops to the same levels as on Earth. Now, isn't that nice?

If you want to learn more about Venus and its many life-sustaining possibilities, watch this video.

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