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Found: Life on Venus?

Updated on March 1, 2013
Venus | Source


In 1982 Russia sent a probe to Venus.

This probe was named Venus 13.

Although the probe did take some pictures, it did not take too many. It is believed that the reason for this was that the camera melted in the heat at the planet surface.

Having studied these photos Leonid Ksanfomalati of the Space Research Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences, has presented a paper stating that he believes that the images show that there is life on the planet.

HQ Russian Academy of Science
HQ Russian Academy of Science | Source


He claims that the photos show “a black flap”, a “disk” and what appears to be a “Scorpion”.

He also claims that these photos show how these objects moved and eventually disappeared.

He provided what he called the photographic evidence with his paper.

People who have read his paper cannot disagree with what Leonid says about the photos. They confirm the visual evidence of the objects he claims and also accept that the objects do appear to change their position.

It has been confirmed that at least one of the objects referred to in the paper, exists on Venus photos from other probes but not necessarily in the same location.


This news is all over the Russian internet and few people believe it to be a hoax.

What must be kept in mind here though, is that the estimated temperature on the surface of Venus is over 800 degrees F. That the atmosphere is such that if a Scorpion like creature did exist, it probably would not be carbon based, as life is on Earth, and it would have to breathe in a similar manner to a tree.

That though, by any means, means that the creature does not exist.

It is possible though that these objects could have been misidentified, perhaps objects that dropped off of previous probes. The fact that they seem to have moved between photos, is not really surprising considering that the estimated wind speeds on Venus exceed 400mph.

The real question that has to be answered here is: how come it has taken 30 years for this information to come to light?

Surely something possibly as important as this would have been discovered soon after, certainly within months, of the photos being seen. Why were the facts not reported to the general public earlier?

If some simple explanation for these objects had existed, then I believe they may have been reported earlier. The only logical reason for not disclosing the information would be that there was no logical explanation for their existence.

This obviously begs the question: if only things that can be explained, are reported publicly, how much information do space agencies have that we have not been told of?

Is it not fair that if something is found with our tax money that we should be made aware of it, even if it cannot be explained?

Space exploration is supposed to be for the education and betterment of all of mankind, not just a privileged few.


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    • rafken profile image

      rafken 6 years ago from The worlds my oyster

      It is not that I am confident, it is just that I think the agencies are blinkering themselves. Why concentrate on the "Goldilocks Zone" for signs of life? Best i write a hub, watch out for something like. "why Life Like Us"

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      Credence2 6 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      I tend to think that life would have a specific definition whether within what is expected upon the earth or not. You are touching on some philosophical concepts as to what is life? do we expect it to grow, require nutrients, reproduce, have physical mobility. Would it be shrouded, non-corporal, etc? That would differ the animal and vegetable from the mineral. What makes you think that there is life out there that has not been identified by us thus far? We have explored virtually nothing in the vast universe and I would be off base to suggest that life in any of its varied forms could not be found. But for the area we have explored, why are you confident that we must have missed something?

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      rafken 6 years ago from The worlds my oyster

      Credence2 - I know what you mean. My problem though is, are we looking too hard for what we can understand, that we are missing what could really exist. In other words are scientists looking for life like us or are they looking for life? If it is the first, then they may never find it. If it is the second, then they have probably already missed some.

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      Credence2 6 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Rafken, we need evidence, what has been prevented thus far is far from conclusive. I did not dismiss the possibility. But, considering that life is not commonly found beyond the earth at least at our stage of space exploration, my request for substantive evidence is not unreasonable.Cred2

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      rafken 6 years ago from The worlds my oyster

      Why does everybody assume that life has to be like something we understand? Our knowledge of the universe is like one book in a whole library. Just because our small minds cannot comprehend something, it doesn't mean that that something cannot or does not exist. In this instance though, i think that objects were just blowing in the 400 mph winds.

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      Credence2 6 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Sorry, I don't buy it. I need much more convincing evidence of life in a hellish environment like Venus. There is not anything resembling a scorpion as we know it on earth that can survive the atmospheric composition and pressure, not to mention the 900 degree F. heat. If it existed it is not life as we understand it. Interesting speculation, though.....

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      Sparkster 6 years ago

      A lot of the contactees of the 50s claimed to be communicating with beings from Venus.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      This was a really fascinating hub about Venus. I know it seems like a fantasy to think that life could survive on this hostile planet, but if we have extremophiles here, then I guess life may have found a way to be even more extreme!

      The powers that be will only tell the public what they want to and if they want to. Many claim that it's impossible to keep secrets today - the answer to this is 'rubbish'. I don't think the public have any real idea just what kind of things have happened in the past and what is happening now.

      Great hub + voted up

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      scottcgruber 6 years ago from USA

      It would be nice to see the actual study, rather than just secondhand articles. Googling the astronomer's name only brings up different versions of this same story, and the name Leonid Ksanfomalati doesn't appear on the RAS member list. I'll wait to see something more concrete before having an opinion.

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      Alma Cabase 6 years ago from Philippines

      I do believe aliens exist. so let's start preparing for their arrival regardless what their intention may be. hehehe..

      These kinds of hubs really awaken my interest.

      Keep it up!