Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently discovered that Venus clouds may contain ammonia which could neutralise sulfuric acid. This could make it more stable and less toxic. “more habitable”
Life may have been discovered on Venus with a breakthrough showing that the planet’s clouds are “more habitable”New research has shown that there is more to it than was previously believed.
Venus was considered to be the most likely place in the Solar System to discover alien life until recently. This is due to its constant 475C day-and-night temperature.
But in 2020, there was a breakthrough with the discovery of phosphine. It is a molecule formed from life processes that occur on Earth.
However, the findings were hotly disputed by scientists who admitted to making mistakes in the amount of Phosphine they believed they had discovered.
Also, because it was not clear how lifeforms could be resistant to the droplets in the clouds of sulphuric Acid.
A new study has been published in a scientific journal. Proceedings of National Academy of SciencesAccording to, the ammonia in the air could neutralize the acid and make it possible for life to continue.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists believe that ammonia could ignite a chain of chemical reaction which would lead to life becoming a real possibility.
It was stated: “This research provides a transformative hypothesis for the chemistry of the atmospheric cloud layers of Venus while reconciling decades-long atmosphere anomalies.
“Our model predicts that clouds may not be entirely composed of sulphuric acids, but may contain a portion of ammonium saltslurries. This could be due to biological production of ammonia from cloud droplets.
“As a result, the clouds are no more acidic than some extreme terrestrial environments that harbour life. Life could be making its own environment on Venus. The model’s predictions for the abundance of gases in Venus’ atmosphere match observation better than any previous model, and are readily testable.”
Sara Seager, MIT researcher, stated that life can exist in acidic environments on Earth. “but it’s nothing like the environment on Venus — unless life is neutralizing some of those droplets,” reported indy100.com.
This means that, despite Venus’ hostile surface and its strong acidity it could be possible for life to continue.
Despite the fact that Venus does not have the right atmosphere conditions to produce water now, it could have done so when the Solar System was smaller and the atmosphere was less dense.
It’s also possible that living organisms could now be prospering within the cloud-decks of Venus even if on the surface it is too hot. It is possible that life originated on the surface and fled to the clods as a result of the greenhouse effect.