According to foreign media BGR reports, a space probe is about to fly over Venus, which may help find weak signs of life in the planet’s atmosphere. The bepicolombo probe is due to fly over Venus next month, but it will be so far away from Venus that it may minimize the chance of detecting biological features. The probe’s second close-up flyby, which will take place in 2021, will provide a better opportunity to detect possible signs of life. < / P > < p > recently, researchers announced that phosphine has been found in the upper atmosphere of planets, which is believed to be produced by biological processes. So, does that mean there’s life on Venus? Scientists are not sure, but a space probe already planning to fly over Venus could provide some new clues. The bepicolombo probe is a joint mission of the European and Japanese space programs. Although it is not specifically sent into space to search for life, it may be able to provide us with more details about the presence of phosphine in the atmosphere. < / P > < p > bepicolombo was launched as early as 2018, and its mission has many milestones. Two of them are flying Venus, which will make its first trip through Venus in October this year. It was an incredible coincidence, because the spacecraft was equipped with an instrument called mertis, an infrared spectrometer. < p > < p > mertis was built for the study of mercury, another destination for spacecraft, but it is possible that the tool will find signs of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus during its cruise. The task team didn’t promise anything. They said they were not sure whether the mertis instrument was sensitive enough to detect traces of phosphine, but they would try anyway. < / P > < p > the first flyby will take place quite far from the planet – more than 6000 miles from the planet’s surface – so the chances of detection of phosphine are much smaller than those closer. However, the second flight was really exciting. When this close-up flight, scheduled for August 2021, occurs, the spacecraft will be close to 350 miles of the planet, giving it a better chance to detect phosphine in its atmosphere. Global Tech