Venus has always been a focal point for scientists as it has many similar features to Earth. Venus has approximately the same size and mass as our current planet, therefore, scientists have called Venus: “Earth’s sister planet gone wrong.” On September 14th, a researcher, Jane, who works at the Greaves of Cardiff University in Wales, showed the world that there was detection of phosphine gas in the layers of the planet’s atmosphere where the temperatures and pressures are relatively stable. Here on Earth phosphine is produced by microbes who thrive in oxygen rich environments, so there could be small organisms on Venus.
Many people have taken this information and said that the Human species should focus on Venus more than any other planet such as Mars. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said that the finding of this gas in the atmosphere is the most significant development yet in building the case for life off Earth and later recommended prioritizing Venus for future interplanetary missions. A mission to Venus is not that far away and it could be the turning point in avoiding human extinction in the future. Such a mission could be completed by around 2035. Not only is the famous space organization NASA looking into this planet, but the European Space Agency (ESA) is considering sending a planet radar rover or probe to scan the surface of the planet. They are going to name it EnVision, which could launch in 2032.