Potential sign of alien life detected on inhospitable Venus

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If true (seeing the microbe itself under the microscope or detecting telltale complex organic molecules), this is perhaps the *one of the most* extreme and amazing lifeforms ever discovered. Although many would wish for something more complex, even a microbe is fascinating in its own right. The implications are huge. We might be looking at a whole new biochemistry that is vastly different from what we know. We might be looking at lifeforms that can resist an environment orders of magnitude more acidic and dry than we had ever discovered. We might be looking at lifeforms with new life cycles making use of the Venusian air currents. This could write the book on where to look for life in the universe, if proven definitively without doubt one day. You don’t even need a water world to find life, you don’t even need a planet with a habitable surface to find living organisms. If a hellhole, of all places, could sustain some form of life, this could mean that the universe is teeming with life. This could mean that the barrier to what constitutes a habitable planetary environment would be drastically reduced. This can spur us to discover further. Right now, people might not see a need to send something to places like Europa, because of a high risk of returning empty handed (finding sterile oceans underneath that ice). But if this discovery is true, that Venusian life exists, we can be quite confident that Europan life would exist, and the next thing we want to do would be to find the conditions suitable for complex multi-cellular life. It makes space exploration more enticing than ever before. If true, the ubiquity and ease of sustaining life proves to us that *we are never alone*. If this discovery is true, it is implying that there are perhaps millions of worlds in our galaxy that could sustain complex multicellular life. Instead of wondering whether some Earth-like orb orbiting some distant star might sustain life, we can predict that those planets *will* sustain some form of life, and likely even complex ones. Alien lifeforms, new civilisations, new cultures, new chemistry, new biology, new languages, new forms of communication, new technologies, new philosophies, new concepts await us. This is the possibility that this “small” discovery has unlocked. While we should understandably be cautious and sceptical of this finding, let us revel for a moment in the wonderful possibilities that awaits the human civilisation. Let this discovery catalyse a collective will to live on and make the possibilities a reality. Let this discovery spur a debate for the progression of the human species, not just in scientific knowledge, but also philosophically.

Pyrrylanion

I was here historians

Frigorifico

That would be fascinating if we overlooked anaerobic life on Venus in our zealous efforts to find life on Mars. The implications would be huge.

BayouMan2

OH MY GLOBBB this is so awesome – my senior Astrobiology white paper was titled “Looking for Life in All the Wrong Places – Why We Should Focus on Venus”, so this is just so exciting for me wow 🤩🦠☁️

thebaeofallbaes

It’s sad that this story was barely visible in my news feed. This was a good 3 pages down in small letters. Below tons of Trump, Covid and Celebrity news. Humans make me sad.

insomneeyak