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Earth's Toxic Twin: A Visit To Venus With Planetary Geologist Martha Gilmore

Infrared photo of Venus at night, from the Japanese robotic spacecraft Akatsuki, which orbits the planet
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Infrared photo of Venus at night, from the Japanese robotic spacecraft Akatsuki, which orbits the planet

Extreme heat, crushing air pressure, and toxic clouds. Venus may not seem like a hospitable place.

But the discovery of a certain chemical, phosphine, in that planet’s atmosphere has raised new questions about the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Scientists wonder if a living organism could possibly be creating this unexpected chemical.

This hour, we sit down Martha Gilmore, a Wesleyan professor. She’s a planetary geologist and Venus expert.

What questions do you have about Venus or our solar system?

GUEST:

  • Martha Gilmore - Seney Professor of Geology and Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Wesleyan University in Middletown CT

Cat Pastor contributed to this show.

Thursday evening, producer Carmen Baskauf will moderate a virtual discussion with paleontologist Julia Clarke, who studies the evolution of dinosaurs-- including birds--for the Peabody Museum in New Haven. Register here.

Lucy is the Executive Producer and Host of Connecticut Public's morning talk show, 'Where We Live.' She’s a longtime public radio reporter covering several beats including immigration, juvenile justice and child welfare issues, education, veterans affairs and the military.
Carmen Baskauf was a producer for Connecticut Public Radio's news-talk show Where We Live, hosted by Lucy Nalpathanchil from 2017-2021. She has also contributed to The Colin McEnroe Show.
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