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A Russian scientist analyzed images taken by the Venera-13 spacecraft that landed on the planet Venus in 1982. He insists life exists on Venus based on strange looking objects that were seen changing positions. NASA thinks something is amiss.

Dr. Leonid Ksanfomaliti, an astronomer from the Space Research Institute of Russia's Academy of Sciences, published a paper in the journal Solar System Research.

His paper is based on research from photographs taken by the Russian Venera-13 lander that landed on the surface of Venus in 1982. Venera-14 also landed on Venus. Read more on Venera-13 and -14.

Ksanfomaliti states that several objects on the images appear to be a 'disk,' 'black flap' and 'scorpion'.

In the photos, these alien-looking objects appear to move from one location to another.

However, after looking at the photographs, NASA scientists are convinced that that explanation for the objects are: (1) pieces that were supposed to break away from the lander upon landing on the planet's surface, (2) a lens cap, and (3) digital interference.

Take a look at the Ria Novosti article entitled 'NASA Debunks Life on Venus Claim" for more on the original story.

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William Atkins

William Atkins completed educational degrees in science (bachelor’s in physics and mathematics) from Illinois State University (Normal, United States) and business (master’s in entrepreneurship and bachelor’s in industrial relations) from Western Illinois University