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Life on the Surface of Venus?


IT is said (for example, refs. 1–3) that our knowledge of the surface of the cloud covered planet Venus is extremely fragmentary and ambiguous; that there are alternative non-thermal explanations of the microwave emission; that, even if the surface is hot, the polar regions may be cold enough to support life, or sufficiently high mountains may exist, and so on. It seems appropriate to relate some of this speculation to continuing work on the physical environment of Venus.

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SAGAN, C. Life on the Surface of Venus?. Nature 216, 1198–1199 (1967).

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