Astrophysicist Joe Pesce discussed the possibility of life on Venus during an interview with Hill.TV.
“On Earth, phosphine gas is known to only be produced in a lab or through the action of bacteria and microbes,” said Pesce. “That’s why it’s exciting to discover phosphine outside of the Earth.”
Scientists are trying to figure out whether the source of the gas on Venus is from a biological process or an unknown physical chemical process.
Pesce acknowledged that while phosphine exists beyond the Earth and isn’t created through an artificial or biological process, there is still a chance that single-cell life forms could exist on Venus.
“Something most certainly different is happening in the atmosphere of Venus than in the atmosphere of Jupiter,” he said.
NASA is considering conducting two missions later this decade to further observe the Venus’s atmosphere.