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article imageRussian scientist claims evidence of life on Planet Venus

By JohnThomas Didymus     Jan 22, 2012 in Science
Moscow - The Indo-Asian News Service has reported that a Russian scientist Leonid Ksanfomaliti, published a paper in which he claimed evidence of life on planet Venus. Ksanfomaliti's basis for the conclusion may cause many of his colleagues consternation.
Ksanfomaliti, according to Daily Caller, is an astronomer at the Space Research Institute of Russia's Academy of Sciences. He announced that after analyzing photographs of the surface of planet Venus from a Russian space probe (see video for the Russian landing probe photographs), he has found evidence of life on the planet.
In the paper reportedly published in Solar System Research (Astronomicheskii vestnik), Ksanfomaliti said the photographs from a 1982 Russian probe showed objects shaped like a "disk," a "black flap," and a "scorpion." According to the astronomer: “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.”
Zee News reports Ksanfomaliti noted the objects changed location in different photographs taken from variety of positions. The Russian scientist described the objects, saying they "emerge, fluctuate and disappear."
Russian Venus probe image
Russian Venus probe image
Russian Space Agency
Ksanfomaliti's conclusions will not be taken seriously by astronomers because Venus, a planet with thick atmosphere and an atmospheric pressure 92 times that on the surface of the Earth, and temperatures as high as 894 degrees, is not considered a serious candidate for extraterrestrial life. The planet may have once had bodies of water, but scientists agree there have been no oceans on the planet for at least 2 billion years.
Adding to skepticism would be the fact that the Venus Express spacecraft has been observing the planet since 2005 and scientists involved in the project have not reported findings suggestive of life on the planet. But some scientists have not ruled out the possibility of microscopic life on Venus in spite of harsh conditions.
Regardless of questions about the validity of his conclusions, Ksanfomaliti has in the past published research papers investigating photographic methods in the search for extraterrestrial life. One of his papers published in the journal Bioastronomy of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, described a method for Searching for Traces of Martian Life Using Holography
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