NASA Says Venus Might Have Been Fit for Life

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We know Venus as a distant planet that reaches 864 degrees and has an atmosphere 90 times thicker than Earth’s. Obviously, neither humans nor creatures would want to inhabit the planet now, but scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) think that Venus might have been more hospitable in the past.

By using similar technology that scientists implement to estimate climate change on Earth, GISS decided to see how ancient Venus might have been. According to, they discovered that “Venus may have had a shallow liquid-water ocean and habitable surface temperatures for up to two billion years of its early history.”

They say that the simulation of ancient Venus “appears ideal for making a planet habitable; there seems to have been enough water to support abundant life, with sufficient land to reduce the planet’s sensitivity to changes from incoming sunlight.”

Developing these ideas is more than just formulating some interesting tidbits. This information will serve the Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS) program that searches for unknown life and planets. From there, this information can impact future plans and missions for NASA, and gets us a little closer to understanding a tiny bit of the universe around us.