NASA may approve planetary science mission to Venus

Source : 112 Ukraine

Traces of phosphine (a possible indicator of the existence of living organisms) were found on the planet earlier this week
10:35, 17 September 2020


National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is considering approving two planetary science missions, including one to Venus, Reuters reports.

On Monday, an international research team reported the presence of phosphine, a gas that on Earth is produced by bacteria inhabiting oxygen-free environments, in acidic Venusian clouds. It provided strong potential evidence of life beyond Earth.

Considering the recent findings, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said that it was time "to prioritize Venus."

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As we reported earlier, on August 22, NASA scientists identified a giant anomaly in the Earth's magnetic field over South America and the South Atlantic Ocean.

Researchers have come to a preliminary conclusion that the "hole" in the planet's magnetic shield appeared due to internal processes in the core.

The phenomenon could be caused by the tilt of the Earth's magnetic axis and the flow of molten metals inside its outer core. Since the motion in the core changes due to the complex geodynamic conditions in the middle of the core and on the border with solid matter, the magnetic field also moves in space and time.

Related: Phosphine gas found on Venus suggesting life on planet

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