The Jane Greaves-led international scientific team announce that they have detected a gas called phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus that indicates microorganisms may inhabit Earth’s inhospitable neighbor. If confirmed, it would be the first known extraterrestrial life.
The European Space Agency-JAXA space probe BepiColombo makes its final gravity assist around Earth, and is now on course for Venus, where it will make several gravity assist manoeuvres before finally arriving at Mercury in 2025.
The JAXA probe Akatsuki successfully enters orbit around Venus five years after the first attempt. This mission is Japan's first successful mission to another planet. The orbital injection was achieved using the probe's attitude control thrusters, a feat which has never been done before.