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  Planet Venus may have bugs, say scientists
Updated 26 September 2002, 20.45
An image of Venus captured by the Galileo spacecraft
An image of Venus captured by the Galileo spacecraft

It may sound like something straight out of the X-files, but there could be life on the planet Venus.

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Scientists in Texas, in America, have been studying the planet's atmosphere and say tiny bugs could survive there.

Nasa's Magellan probe was used to gather data
Nasa's Magellan probe was used to gather data

Space probes have never found any evidence of life on the planet's surface but this time they're looking at the gasses surrounding Venus.

Tiny life forms

Researchers say there's lots of water in the clouds around the planet, and that would make it a good home for tiny life forms like microbes.

The people studying Venus also believe the temperature on the planet used to be a lot cooler and there could have been oceans there.

But other scientists argue the research doesn't prove bugs actually live on Venus and they still think life on Earth's closest neighbour is impossible.

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