A scientist claimed that NASA found evidence of life on Venus in 1978.
The scientist named Rakesh Mogul said a probe picked up signs of phosphine during the Pioneer 13 mission to the 463C planet and found the chemical – a sign of life – in its atmosphere.
In an interview with Live Science, he said: “From data that collected from the Large Probe Neutral Mass Spectrometer, I immediately thought of the legacy mass spectra. And when the Nature Astronomy paper came out, we had discovered the gas in Venus’s atmosphere last month.”
Dr. Mogul said his team made the finding while searching back through NASA’s archives.
Study author Sara Seager, a planetary scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said: “This is an astonishing finding. And it will definitely fuel more research into the possibilities for life in Venus’s atmosphere.”