- Ammonia is found on Venus. Scientists suggest that it may be produced by organisms that live there, similar to terrestrial bacteria
- Scientists want to start a mission to Venus in 2023 to collect and analyze samples of possible biological life
- Last year, researchers discovered a phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus, which may also indicate the presence of life there.
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Ammonia is a compound of nitrogen and hydrogen, the presence of which may indicate that Venus is undergoing chemical reactions. According to research, they can produce it Life forms ‘unlike anything we’ve seen’. Scientists speculate that if they are living things, they likely exist Microbes are like terrestrial bacteria But with a different chemical composition than that found on Earth or Mars.
Ammonia on the flower. Is it produced by unknown beings?
Researchers believe that if there are organisms on Earth that produce ammonia to neutralize the harmful environment, the same could happen on Venus. The simulation shows that it will effectively weaken the activity of sulfuric acid and at the same time it will be able to raise the pH of the clouds from -11 to 0. This value is still very low (acidic), but It really allows life to happen. The theory that organisms produce ammonia makes more sense because this compound is not found on Venus.
– Professor said. Sarah Seeger of the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at MIT.
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Despite this, researchers remain skeptical about the origin of ammonia on the planet, and openly admit it The chances of us having life on Venus are very slim. Although ammonia can produce oxygen through chemical reactions, this is not enough. Every living creature known so far Because it also needs water to live, and the flower doesn’t really exist.
– Dr William Bynes, from Cardiff University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, said:
Venus mission. They will take a sample of potential life
The mission is scheduled to begin as early as 2023 “Venus Live Finder”. It will examine cloud particles on Venus and You will take a sample that has potential life They will be taken to Earth for further analysis. However, such research will not take place before the end of this decade, and perhaps only before 2040.
It’s not just ammonia that suggests we might have life on this planet. Last year, scientists found phosphine in its atmosphere – A rare, poisonous gas. It can be produced there either by living organisms or by an unknown geological or chemical process. The search for this discovery continues.
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