Americans have a huge blindspot where the Russian Space Program is concerned. We genuinely have no idea what they’ve been up to, and most assume the United States is the only country to accomplish anything of significance outside of Russia’s Sputnik. That is of course, completely wrong.
Years before the United States managed to land a probe on Mars, the Russian Space Agency had already landed on Venus. Their first probe, Venera 7, landed on Venus in 1970 and relayed 23 minutes of the first ever video footage shot on an alien planet back to Earth. They kept right sending probes and in 1982 the Venera 13 landed and captured footage of alien lifeforms.
Or at least that’s the claim being made by scientist Leonid Ksanfomaliti of the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
In a new article published by Russia’s Astronomicheskii Vestnik magazine, he says he spotted three distinct images relayed by the Venera 13 lander which he believes must be alien lifeforms. He describes those objects as “a shape shifting disk” a “a black patch” and something which he says resembles as “scorpion”. The objects measured between 0.1-0.5 meters and moved constantly over the course of time, and in a way that made it impossible to dismiss them as mere technical glitches.
So why did he wait thirty years to report his finding? Apparently he was worried about being labeled a crackpot and believes that only now are conditions right for people to actually take his findings seriously.
Lest you do just exactly that and label him some kind of crackpot, consider that even scientists who dispute his findings think he’s “a true, serious scientist” and they just think his conclusions are flawed.
NASA has stepped in to try and debunk his findings and they say “The strange-looking geometrical ‘object’ is actually an internal reflection of the planet Venus within the telescope optics. This effect has been seen many times before.”
It’s worth noting that conditions are pretty extreme on Venus, so extreme that no form of life as we know it is likely to exist. The planet’s atmosphere is extremely dense, consisting mostly of Carbon Dioxide with a little Nitrogen. The atmospheric pressure is intense as the heat, Venus is 92 times hotter than Earth. The surface of Venus is often compared to mankind’s mythical imagining of hell.