Russian Scientist's Claim of Life on Venus Proven False
Natalie Wolchover, Life's Little Mysteries
Date: 23 January 2012 Time: 04:11 PM ET
The disc-like object on Venus that Russian scientist Leonid Ksanfomaliti claims is a living creature.
CREDIT: Leonid Ksanfomaliti/ Solar System Research
According to the Russian news service Ria Novosti, Leonid Ksanfomaliti, a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences who worked on unmanned Soviet missions to Venus during the 1970s and '80s, has written a new article in the journal Solar System Research. In the article, he calls attention to several objects photographed by the Venera-13 landing probe, a spacecraft that landed on Venus in 1982. The objects — including features described as a disc and a scorpion — appear to change locations from one photo to the next. "Let's boldly suggest that the objects' morphological features would allow us to say that they are living," Ksanfomaliti stated, according to Ria Novosti.
Whether the scientist really has suggested that the old photographs contain living creatures that were somehow overlooked previously, or whether his words have been mistranslated, misconstrued or should have been quietly ignored, the claim has made headlines around the globe.
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