Recent reports reveal the futuristic plans of U.S. and Russia in finding traces of alien life in Venus. While scientists have then given up the search for existence in the second planet, scientists and researchers from the said nations are now getting ready to launch a 2025 Venus mission.
The volcanic planet has been found out to possess spooky looking clouds a couple of years back swirling in its atmosphere. This is what scientists today believe might be a product of an activity from an alien life in Venus. These dark streaks reportedly sparked curiosity among scientists since the early 1960s which is now prompting two nations to probe the planet in 2025 for a possible alien life.
According to the Inquisitr, U.S. and Russian scientists are now coming up with their plans for a Venus mission dubbed as Venera-D. The team will send out an unmanned aerial vehicle into the middle of the said cloud formation. Once the proposal is approved, The Venera-D will be a joint mission between Russia's Roscosmos and the United States' NASA.
The main goal of the mission was revealed as the determination of the source of the speculated dark streaks as scientists believe they could be signs of microbial life in Venus. According to Phys.Org, the cloud could be made up of particulates such as iron or sulfur released to the atmosphere. These alleged products of an activity of an alien life in Venus then eventually mix with the clouds. Some other experts though believe otherwise and claim that it could be an ice formation which might be impossible with the 900 degrees Fahrenheit surface temperature of Venus.
"I cannot say that there is microbial life in Venus' clouds," the atmospheric scientists of University of Wisconsin, Sanjay Limaye, told Astrobiology Magazine. "But that doesn't mean it's not there either. The only way to learn is to go there and sample the atmosphere," he added.
Limaye revealed that scientists only have very few clues about the sources of the streaks. However, reports also say that scientists know that the supposed clouds absorb ultraviolet light which is unlike the rest of Venus' atmosphere. Scientists also assume that a protective layer of a supposed ring-shaped polymer might be present if ever the streaks consist of microbial life. Another factor being considered reportedly is Venus' super rotation.
Looking back at previous Venus missions, the Mariner 5 was reportedly the first successful landing in the planet. Unfortunately, the craft survived for only 93 minutes. For the Venera-D then to be successful, suggestions have it that the craft to be used should be more advanced. Following this, a proposed design suggests a solar powered craft that can propel through the clouds of Venus even at night to collect data. Helium reserves are also suggested to allow the vehicle to stay buoyant even with the absence of power. It was also revealed that the craft should have large wings which will help in the navigation in case of stormy conditions.
The team of scientists believe that the mission will last for a year or more following the proposed vehicle design. The said span is revealed by the team to be enough for data collection that will allow them to confirm if an alien life in Venus really exists.