Sunday, January 22, 2012

Life spotted on Venus: Russian scientist -- Fact or fiction?

Several objects resembling living beings were detected on photographs taken by a Russian landing probe in 1982 during a Venus mission, says an article published in the Solar System Research magazine.

Leonid Ksanfomaliti of the Space Research Institute of Russia's Academy of Sciences published a research that analysed the photographs from the Venus mission made by a Soviet landing probe, Venus-13, in 1982.

The photographs feature several objects, which Ksanfomaliti said, resembled a "disk", a "black flap" and a "scorpion".

All of them "emerge, fluctuate and disappear", the scientist said, referring to their changing location on different photographs and traces on the ground.

"What if we forget about the current theories about the non-existence of life on Venus, let's boldly suggest that the objects' morphological features would allow us to say that they are living," the magazine quoted Ksanfomaliti as saying.

No data proving the existence of life on Venus, where the ground temperature is 464 degrees Celsius, has ever been found. source

Note: If any of our Russian readers could verify that this is indeed in the Russian news, it would be appreciated. Currently, no additional information can be found on this apparent "discovery" or the astronomer who made it. Is it a piece of debris from the satellite flavoured with sensationalism? Legitimate? Why does it apparently "move" in the various pictures? Wind? Alive? Simply a photo artifact? If anyone can add to this story, please do so in the comments below. Or, if you have links, please email them to us so we can add them to the article.