The presence of phosphine gas would indicate that there are either bacteria that produce it, or that there is a physical or chemical process that we do not know about producing the gas. The discovery of extraterrestrial life would be huge. But the other option is still an interesting discovery for science.
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I am fully aware that it’s the timing that’s the fluke, but I thought it was a hilarious headline cause it made it sound like they just accidentally realized they had a spacecraft going past Venus-like “how did this happen, who put that there?!” But thanks to everyone that patiently explained it to me.