And if life does exist on Venus, odds are it will look unlike anything we have come to know on Earth.
Dr Janusz Pętkowski from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), who took part in the study, said: “Even the most extremophilic bacteria living on Earth would not be able to cope in such an environment.
“Sulphuric acid, however, is a solvent, a liquid. And the presence of some liquid is essential for life to function.
“We do not know if any life is capable of functioning in such a high concentration of sulphuric acid.”