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Dark streaks on Venus could be alien microbes

January 12, 2017 | Comment icon 28 comments

Venus is a planet shrouded in an extremely thick cloud layer. Image Credit: NASA
Scientists are keen to launch a mission to Venus to investigate mysterious dark streaks in its clouds.
With its extreme surface temperature and crushing atmospheric pressure, Venus might seem like the last place to look for extraterrestrial life within our own solar system.

A series of mysterious dark streaks observed in the planet's atmosphere however, which some scientists believe could be evidence of microbial organisms, could be set to change all that.

Both Russia and the US are hoping to join forces to launch a new exploratory mission to Venus to help unlock the secrets of this mysterious world as well as to investigate the possibility that these peculiar dark streaks are home to the first known examples of extraterrestrial life.
Such a mission is likely to include an orbiter and a lander and could launch by 2025.

"I cannot say that there is microbial life in Venus' clouds," said atmospheric scientist Sanjay Limaye from the University of Wisconsin. "But that doesn't mean it's not there either."

"The only way to learn is to go there and sample the atmosphere."

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Comment icon #19 Posted by FTWind 6 years ago
But only if we got these huge commericial entities to put there money into space exploration can we truly can go to the stars . Nasa can always do there studies  on the other side of the rock.
Comment icon #20 Posted by pallidin 6 years ago
"Always" ??? I know you do not mean it in that strict of a term. Anyway, recall that NASA is funded institution. Thus, they have a yearly budget, which does change.
Comment icon #21 Posted by pallidin 6 years ago
Of course, NASA does have some outside revenue in commercial payloads and site-launch logistics.    
Comment icon #22 Posted by Merc14 6 years ago
You seem to think the two are mutually exclusive and they most definitely are not.  To date, NASA has been a willing partner to the fledgling commercial space enterprises and willingly passes their hard earned knowledge over to these companies whenever requested.  You want to land a probe on Mars then you'd best be asking NASA how to do it as no other country has their record of success in that endeavor.  Hard lessons learned with past crashes led to an incredible success like Curiosity and commercial enterprises will benefit greatly from the knowledge gained from those science missions. 
Comment icon #23 Posted by pallidin 6 years ago
True, so true. Put something in orbit around another planet or onto it's surface? Best to go with NASA/ESA on that.
Comment icon #24 Posted by jpjoe 6 years ago
Aliens.. a cheap way to get publicity and funding
Comment icon #25 Posted by Merc14 6 years ago
Seriously?  You believe this is completely impossible, why?
Comment icon #26 Posted by kartikg 6 years ago
Yep seems so and I think it's for the right cause but too many of such claims will backfire someday for some genuine mission 
Comment icon #27 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 6 years ago
Except no such claims are being made, so there is nothing to backfire. This is a search, a process of elimination. If we don't look for life we won't find it.
Comment icon #28 Posted by UFOwatcher 6 years ago
Whimsical me wonders if it's replicating black monoliths... [joke]

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