Rocket Lab's plan to search for life on Venus in 2023 just got more exciting

If Venus is not inside the habitable zone of SOL, being too close to the Sun to harbor liquid water, why does everyone keep saying that "something happened that caused the water to disappear" when we know that it's too close to the Sun? How could it have had water oceans at this distance, and even if it did why would anyone expect those oceans not to disappear?
Many times we are subjected to the history of Venus as if it's some kind of lesson to learn about Earth, but Earth was never that close to the Sun, and is indeed the only planet in our system in the habitable zone.

Add to this the lack of a magnetic field, which would cause the planet to be bombarded by the Solar wind, and it seems only natural that any water that may have been there at one time would be gone.

Could it be that Venus used to be farther out, and somehow had its orbit changed?

What I find amusing here really is that, with all the investment by governments around the world into space exploration, it could actually be a private company that discovers life outside our planet.

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