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Life on Venus? You Better Believe It!

Trajanus

Paranormal Adept
Very interesting, thank you. I had heard of the possibility of microbes high above the Venusian inferno but I was unaware of actual evidence for them.
 

CincyKid

Paranormal Novice
Maybe not the sort of life depicted in the Edgar Rice Burroughs Carson of Venus novels, but it provides the promise that life exists in many forms in many places:

This is a big deal but there are a lot of "ifs" to it. If there is life there, how would it operate? Would it be airborne microbes? Is it life derived from a time when Venus was more hospitable? Is it life that got there that might have developed from life on earth or Mars presuming there was or is life on Mars? What would be interesting would be if they did find life there and it didn't have any of the characteristics of life here like DNA, RNA, mitochondria, etc. and something other than carbon and water based life because that would be so out of our paradigm about earth’s biological life even for those life forms here that derive their energy here sulfur.
 

marduk

quelling chaos since 2352BC
I think this is very cool. I could totally see life evolving in Venus' atmosphere. Lots of energy and interesting chemistry there. And it would be a cool mission to send a balloon there to check.
I could see the weird chemistry potentially kicking out phosphenes there in new ways though, so there's the potential this is just Venusian chemistry, not biology. Or, perhaps, bacteria from the Venera probes went wild during it's transition through the atmosphere.
 

Trajanus

Paranormal Adept
If there is life there, how would it operate? Would it be airborne microbes?
What else could it be? I'd assume life as we know it couldn't survive broiling temps lower down. Underground life doesn't seem likely if Venus experiences periodic, catastrophic volcanism.

Is it life derived from a time when Venus was more hospitable?
That would be most parsimonious.

Is it life that got there that might have developed from life on earth or Mars presuming there was or is life on Mars?
I don't know if that's possible, if the heat of impact and entry are "more than sufficient to sterilize."
 

Trajanus

Paranormal Adept
I could see the weird chemistry potentially kicking out phosphenes there in new ways though, so there's the potential this is just Venusian chemistry, not biology.
Sure, just like methane spikes in Mars could have a nonbiological source.

Or, perhaps, bacteria from the Venera probes went wild during it's transition through the atmosphere.
Don't they thoroughly sterilize space probes? What awful negligence if that's true.
 

marduk

quelling chaos since 2352BC
Don't they thoroughly sterilize space probes? What awful negligence if that's true.
I read a report somewhere where that was discounted because of the size of the spike. It would have been funny if the soviets gave beautiful Venus a Veneral disease from the Venera probes.

That was a bad dad joke worthy of Gene on the air. Sorry about that.
 


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