Is there really life on Venus? How did we find out?

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Last week, an unlikely research project made a startling discovery: phosphine gas in the atmosphere of Venus. It is something which, as far as we know, is created by living organisms. Our efforts to find signs of life on other worlds,

Last week, an unlikely research project made a startling discovery: phosphine gas in the atmosphere of Venus. It is something that, as far as we know, is created by living organisms. Our efforts to find signs of life on other worlds, and much of our space dreams in general, tend to be focused on Mars. But suddenly we have to take a closer look at our other planetary neighbor.

So how do we know if there is really life right next door? What do we know about Venus and why has it been so difficult to understand so far? What could possibly be causing the presence of phosphine and what would it mean, to space exploration and all, if that’s really true?

GUEST: Neel Patel, Space Journalist, MIT Technology Review

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