Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Venus May Have Had Earth-like Climate

[Inquisitor] A long time ago, Venus may have had flowing liquid water and may have featured temperatures similar to the temperatures found on Earth. If so, we can add Venus to the list of planets within our galaxy that may have been capable of sustaining life at some point. Now, Venus features storms of acid and has bone-crushing atmospheric pressure. It’s a hellish planet to consider ever living on, but scientists have been studying the planet for years, and now believe that that very situation was possible around the same time when life was beginning to evolve on our own home planet.
David Grinspoon at the Planetary Science Institute in Arizona told New Scientist that Venus probably once featured warm liquid water oceans that was in contact with rock and organic molecules. Grinspoon says that those are the requirements for life, and so it is possible that Venus once was the home for life. Read More