"Venus in Real Colors" by Richardo Nunes/NASA / Public Domain

Venus May Have Been Habitable Until a Mysterious Catastrophe Millions of Years Ago

Sep 23, 2019

By Peter Dockrill

Venus is not a nice place, by human standards. For a world named after a Roman goddess of love and beauty, it really is quite the toxic, super-heated hellscape. But it wasn’t always this way.

In a new study, scientists make the case for how ancient Venus could have once supported life alongside oceans of liquid water, until a mysterious resurfacing event took all that away about 700 million years ago.

“Our hypothesis is that Venus may have had a stable climate for billions of years,” says planetary scientist Michael Way from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

“It is possible that the near-global resurfacing event is responsible for its transformation from an Earth-like climate to the hellish hot-house we see today.”

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One comment on “Venus May Have Been Habitable Until a Mysterious Catastrophe Millions of Years Ago”

  • I always thought we should be going to Venus instead of Mars.  We would just have to go underground to avoid the heat. Gravity similar to Earth would be a bonus for human health, but, the human engineers in charge of ascent and descent have it a little tougher.


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