Reports emerge that there could be special gases on Venus that could help sustain life, or that could have been friendly to life a long time ago

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If you follow the news at all, you can bet that you have read plenty of stories about plans for the future. There is all kinds of discussion regarding traveling to other planets.

Now there is talk about the discovery of the phosphine gas in the atmosphere of Venus, the second planet from the sun.

Wait just a minute. Don’t get in a hurry to send astronauts or cosmonauts straight to Venus to gather up samples and bring them back to our planet.

I don’t mean to get all panicky but I think we should leave well enough alone. Who knows how long Venus has been orbiting the sun? I have a feeling it has been doing it for millions of years, and for all we know there were good life forms on Venus that got gobbled up by bad life forms.

Maybe it’s just me and how I perceive the world, but I don’t think every life form is full of good intentions. Some life forms are desperately hungry and doing whatever they can do to survive, and I don’t want them coming after me.

I think it’s great and all that we are developing better space programs and there is no shortage of people willing to colonize the moon, Mars, or anywhere else. But I’m not going.

I worry too much. It’s true. I’m concerned that the polar ice caps are melting and that there are deadly things that have been frozen in ice for thousands of years, or even millions of years.

Did you know that dinosaurs suffered from cancer? I’m sure they had more problems than that, and it boggles the mind of what could be waiting for us deep in the ice.

What do you think will happen if bloodthirsty microbes are brought back from some faraway planet? I can use my imagination. I have enough to worry about as it is.

So, okay, we have some nearby planets and we have our moon and I guess it is a race to see which country will start the first colony on another surface.

As for me, I’ll stay back here on our planet and keep an eye on things. Send me a message if you can but which out for those little microbe beasts that have been waiting patiently for a very long time to do something that I don’t want to know about.

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