After a tantalizing discovery at Venus, what could an astrobiology mission look like?

Suddenly, a mission to investigate whether Venus might be hospitable to life after all doesn’t seem quite so outlandish.

Astronomers announced Monday (Sept. 14) that they have identified phosphine, a chemical some scientists have proposed may be a sign of life, in the clouds of Venus. The new research relied on data from two ground-based telescopes, and scientists already have plans to tug a little more at the Venusian mystery from Earth’s surface.

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