Is There Life on Venus? – level 2

25-09-2020 07:00

Scientists discovered something very interesting in the atmosphere of Venus. They studied the planet from telescopes in Hawaii and Chile, and they think that the atmosphere could contain a gas called phosphine.

On Earth, we connect this gas with life in places with no oxygen, such as volcanoes, lightning strikes, or meteorites. Meteorites are small rocks that come from space. However, scientists do not think that this is happening on Venus, and they are thinking about two possibilities. It is possible that there is some scientific information called chemistry that they do not know about yet. The second and more exciting possibility is that there is some kind of life that makes the gas.

Currently, NASA is thinking of sending two missions to Venus, and this discovery could make a big change on the decision.

Difficult words: atmosphere (the gases and area around a planet), phosphine (a colorless dangerous gas), discovery (what somebody finds out).

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