Chemicals that we shouldn’t find unless they are produced by life forms are sparking interest in exploring Venus from both public and private sources:
And, who knows, it is even possible that the life on Venus would turn out to be organisms that somehow survived an escape from Earth during the early days of all the planets’ formation. As renowned chemist James Tour points out, origin of life is an extremely difficult problem. Once life actually exists, extremophiles are showing that it’s unwise to make rules about how it could continue to exist.
Note: Here is what life on Venus would be like for a human.News, “Why researchers focus on possible life on Venus” at Mind Matters News (March 19, 2022)
Takehome: Extremophiles — life forms that live under extreme conditions — are showing that survival of life is a much less severe problem than origin of life.
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