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[ScienceDaily] Venus Has an Ozone Layer Too, Space Probe Discovers

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Venus Express made the discovery while watching stars seen right at the edge of the planet set through its atmosphere. Its SPICAV instrument analysed the starlight, looking for the characteristic fingerprints of gases in the atmosphere as they absorbed light at specific wavelengths.

The ozone was detectable because it absorbed some of the ultraviolet from the starlight. Ozone is a molecule containing three oxygen atoms. According to computer models, the ozone on Venus is formed when sunlight breaks up carbon dioxide molecules, releasing oxygen atoms.
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Sooooo there's oxygen on venus?
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That's interesting. Maybe it will have the right conditions on the planet to hold potential for life in the future.
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it sounds more and more like Venus was earth's twin... then something catastrophic happened, almost like a retrograde moon crashing into it.
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That's interesting. Maybe it will have the right conditions on the planet to hold potential for life in the future.
Nope. You would burn (425+ Celcius), you would be crushed (pressure is 90 times the pressure on earth), you would have destoyed lungs/body (atmosphere is mostly CO2 and Sulfuric Acid). Oh, I forgot, you'd be killed from the lack of vitamin D since there's no sun and there's no water in the atmosphere. Oh, I also forgot the solar radiations that would burn you again/give you tons of cancers.

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Nope. You would burn (425+ Celcius), you would be crushed (pressure is 90 times the pressure on earth), you would have destoyed lungs/body (atmosphere is mostly CO2 and Sulfuric Acid). Oh, I forgot, you'd be killed from the lack of vitamin D since there's no sun and there's no water in the atmosphere. Oh, I also forgot the solar radiations that would burn you again/give you tons of cancers.

Sound like a nice trip
Oh, nice. Way to dash his dreams... dreamkiller!
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Hmmm.... I think we just found the co2 needed to terraform Mars.....
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it sounds more and more like Venus was earth's twin... then something catastrophic happened, almost like a retrograde moon crashing into it.
More like a moon not crashing into it. Earth's moon skimmed away 90% of its atmosphere, and shook up the lithosphere besides (when its progenitor impacted), plus churned the oceans via tides which may have contributed to life. The object that impacted Earth, and Luna that resulted from it, is probably why Earth doesn't look like Venus.
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Nope. You would burn (425+ Celcius), you would be crushed (pressure is 90 times the pressure on earth), you would have destoyed lungs/body (atmosphere is mostly CO2 and Sulfuric Acid). Oh, I forgot, you'd be killed from the lack of vitamin D since there's no sun and there's no water in the atmosphere. Oh, I also forgot the solar radiations that would burn you again/give you tons of cancers.

Sound like a nice trip
I was thinking like simple life forms such as those from the Domain Archae which can live under intense conditions (ex. acidophiles, thermophiles and such).
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