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Venus clouds may be too dry to support life
Posted: Wed, Jun 30, 2021, 6:33 PM ET (2233 GMT)
The clouds of Venus may be too dry to support life. Potential detections of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus suggested that life could exist there, particularly in the upper atmosphere where temperatures are more hospitable. However, a new study found that water vapor concentrations there are far too low to support even the "most resilient" terrestrial organisms, scientists said. The same study, though, found sufficient levels of water vapor in the upper atmosphere of Jupiter. Scientists cautioned that the finding doesn't mean there is life in Jupiter's atmosphere, only that there is enough water vapor to support it.
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