The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is considering sending one or more missions to Venus to search for life after the phosphine substance was discovered on the planet. Many scientists call phosphine a possible indicator of the existence of living organisms, Reuters reports.
The DAVINCI + and VERITAS missions to Venus can be approved by April 2021. In February, these projects were already selected as candidates for a USD 500 million grant.
Venus is the second planet from the Sun and closest to the Earth. Compared to other planets, Venus has “backwards” rotation, which means it rotate from east to west. The atmosphere of Venus is composed primarily of carbon dioxide and nitrogen, and the planet’s surface is completely hidden behind dense clouds consisting of drops of sulfuric acid.