Venus, the planet closest to the Sun. And Earth’s closest neighbor. It is not the ideal place where we would all like to spend our holidays: its atmosphere is corrosive, scorching and extremely toxic. Recently, scientists discovered that millions of years ago Venus looked nothing like the uninhabited, hostile planet it is today.
Some 700 million years ago, a very mysterious event could have turned Venus into what it is today. It is true that astronomers cannot see the surface of the planet directly, as it is covered with many layers of thick clouds, but special missions sent to the planet discovered that Venus is full of volcanoes in its entirety, as well as massive mountains that spit fire, craters and lava plains. With temperatures so high that they could destroy the hardest material, such as lead. How, then, is it possible that life existed there?