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Venus gas 'most significant' find yet in alien life search: Nasa chief

AFP/Washington, United States
Filed on September 15, 2020 | Last updated on September 15, 2020 at 12.43 am
nasa, jim bridenstone, phosphone gas, venus, alien, life
A handout photo made available on September 14, 2020 by the European Southern Observatory shows an artistic impression depicting our Solar System neighbour Venus, where scientists have confirmed the detection of phosphine molecules, a representation of which is shown in the inset.

(AFP)

Scientists have discovered phosphine gas in Venus's atmosphere, which on Earth can indicate living organisms.

Nasa administrator Jim Bridenstine on Monday hailed the discovery of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus, a gas which on Earth can be attributed to living organisms.

"Life on Venus? The discovery of phosphine, a byproduct of anaerobic biology, is the most significant development yet in building the case for life off Earth," he tweeted. 

"About 10 years ago NASA discovered microbial life at 120,000ft in Earth's upper atmosphere. It's time to prioritise Venus."


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