Venus: The Hellish Planet Next Door

Venus is a hot and hellish world and the second planet from the sun. The Earth-size planet could be considered our twin if not for its thick, toxic atmosphere and surface temperatures that are hot enough to melt lead.

Despite such extremes, researchers have long wondered if organisms could exist in the upper cloud layers of Venus, where more clement conditions can be found. Controversial data suggest that Earth’s sister world in the solar system may not be so different from life-bearing Earth after all.

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