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NASA issues announcement of requirements for possible signs of life on Venus

Venus' artistic impressions

This artistic impression depicts Venus. Astronomers at MIT, Cardiff University and elsewhere may have seen signs of life in the atmosphere of Venus. Credit: ESO (European Southern Observatory) / M. Kornmesser & NASA / JPL / Caltech

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A paper on chemistry on Venus was recently published in Natural astronomy. NASA was not involved in the research and cannot comment on the results directly. however, we trust the scientific peer review process and look forward to the robust discussion that follows the publication.

NASA has a comprehensive astrobiology program that seeks life in many different ways across the solar system and beyond. Over the past two decades, we have made new discoveries that collectively suggest a significant increase in the likelihood of finding life elsewhere.

Hubble Space Telescope Venus with ultraviolet light

This NASA Hubble Space Telescope ultraviolet slide of the planet Venus taken on January 24, 1995 shows the planet’s cloud peaks at a distance of 113.6 million kilometers from Earth. Credit: NASA / ESA / Space Telescope Science Institute

As with an increasing number of planetary bodies, Venus is proving to be an exciting place of discovery, although it had not been an essential part of the search for life due to its extreme temperatures, atmospheric composition and other factors. Two of the next four candidate missions for NASA’s Discovery Program are focused on Venus, as is Europe’s EnVision mission, with NASA as a partner. Venus is also a planetary destination we can reach with smaller missions.

Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, and distraction of life in the universe.

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