Venus gas ‘most significant’ find yet in alien life search, says NASA chief

A handout photo made available on September 14, 2020 shows an artistic impression depicting our Solar System neighbor Venus, where scientists have confirmed the detection of phosphine molecules, a representation of which is shown in the inset. (AFP/ European Southern Observatory / NASA / M. Kornmesser/L. Calcada)

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.

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“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 prioritize Venus.”

Last Update: Tuesday, 15 September 2020 KSA 06:09 - GMT 03:09