Terrestrial microorganisms are able to endure long journeys in space and even successfully adapt to life on other planets in the solar system. This statement was made by space blogger Vitaly Egorov, commenting on recent reports that traces of organic life have been found in the atmosphere of Venus.
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In the near future, the exploration of Venus will become a priority for the American aerospace agency NASA, since traces of bacterial activity in the form of phosphine are recorded in the atmosphere of this planet. However, according to Vitaly Egorov, it is still too early to say that scientists have managed to discover extraterrestrial life. “A biomarker alone is not enough to assert that there are bacterial life forms on Venus. However, the priorities of scientists from NASA will actually be greatly changed in favor of studying this planet. By the way, Roscosmos has been working on its own Venus exploration program for a long time, ”the specialist emphasized.
The blogger also added that traces found on Venus may well have terrestrial origin. “Terrestrial microorganisms are able to independently rise into space with air flows from the atmosphere, after which they can travel for a long time together with cosmic dust and get to other planets. Even if we manage to find bacteria on Venus or Mark, we will still have to try to prove their extraterrestrial origin. After all, the Earth can infect other planets of the solar system with life, ”concluded the expert.