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Evidence for Phosphine in Pioneer-Venus Data

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An independent team has revisited archived Pioneer-Venus data and analyzed the gas fragments measured at 51 km altitude. Among the many results is evidence for phosphine gas, primarily by detection of the phosphorus ion (P+). The instrument was a neutral gas “mass spectrometer” which ionizes the gases and subjects them…

ALMA recalibrated Venus data

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Due to intense and expected scientific scrutiny, the ALMA Observatory carefully checked the data processing and found a problem with the way they used Jupiter’s moon Calisto for the Venus data calibration. For background, most large international observatories (including the Hubble Space Telescope and the NASA TESS mission) provide calibrated…

Venus Life Finder Study Kick Off Meeting

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75 of the world’s leading scientists and engineers, in fields including Astrobiology, Chemistry and Spacecraft Design, met virtually on Friday 18th September 2020 for the Venus Life Finder Study Kick-Off Meeting. Representatives attended from universities and the private sector, including: MIT, Cardiff University, Breakthrough Initiatives, JPL, Georgia Tech, Caltech, Planetary Science Institute and many…

MIT and Breakthrough Announce Venus Life Finder Mission Study

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MIT and the Breakthrough Initiatives are undertaking a Venus Life Finder Mission Concept Study. The study is inspired by the discovery of phosphine (PH3) gas in the Venusian atmosphere. On Earth PH3 is only produced by life and on Venus there is so far no explanation for PH3’s presence involving…

Phosphine Discovery in the Venusian Atmosphere

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On September 14, 2020 Dr. Jane Greaves of Cardiff University announced the detected phosphine in Venus’ atmosphere using the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) in Hawaii, and the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) observatory in Chile.The MIT team, led by Prof. Sara Seager, Dr. Janusz Petkowski, and Dr. Willliam Bains…