Subject: OT: Life on Venus?
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Posted on: 2020-09-15 08:04:18 UTC

It's a godawful acid place

Barely visited in Space Race

And the surface is burning hot

And the pressure is really a lot

But Roscosmos, Esa and Nasa

Say it's not really very far

To the brightest of nighttime lights

To the Morning and Evening Star

And the clouds thirty miles high

Form a habitable zone in the sky

Though still acid and filled with wind

Still we're starting to look for:

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Phosphine, thousand times what Earth has!

Where from? Scientists were feeling shook,

Worked their way through the book!

But they couldn't find any

Source they thought was plausible

Save one, not from any Chem textbook

But let's give Bio a look:

Is there life on Venus...?

(With apologies to David Bowie)

Seriously, this is some crazy news. And unlike other recent "Life In Space" stories (eg, ╩╗Oumuamua, various 'alien megastructures'), this one actually seems to have gotten the astro crowd excited.

hS

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