I'm starting to suspect that I have an unhealthy obsession with Above Top Secret and it's variable crazy threads. I was once again going through the site when a thread title grabbed my attention. Entitled “Life Spotted on Venus - Russian Scientist”, my mind began to entertain all manner of ideas. Could some Scientist have finally discovered Orthon's hideout? Unfortunately, as is usual in this field, the truth is not as exciting as I had originally hoped.
According to the original article, which the thread creator states is “all over Russian language websites”,
An article published in the Solar System Research magazine reported Several objects resembling living beings were detected on photos made by a Russian landing probe in 1982 during a Venus mission.
Leonid Ksanfomaliti of the Space Research Institute of Russia’s Academy of Sciences published research that analyzed the photos from the Venus mission made by a Soviet landing probe, Venus-13, in 1982.
The news article's headline was, not entirely unlike my post's title, a bit sensationalist. In fact, to his credit, Ksanfomaliti admits that the findings weren't exactly indicative of life. Instead he was quoted in the article as saying:
The photos feature several objects, which Ksanfomaliti said, resembled “a disk,” “a black flap” and “a scorpion.” All of them “emerge, fluctuate and disappear,” the scientist said, referring to their changing location on different photos and traces on the ground.
Ksanfomaliti went on further to state:
"What if we forget about the current theories about the nonexistence of life on Venus, let’s boldly suggest that the objects’ morphological features would allow us to say that they are living,” Solar System Research quoted Ksanfomaliti as saying.
Contrary to what the article's title would seem to indicate, at the end of the day this Russian Scientist is simply asking that we be open-minded enough to allow that these objects may actually be living. And here I was hoping for some candid, National Enquirer-style paparazzi photos of Orthon or the other Venusian's that “Professor” Adamski was allegedly in contact with.
You can read more of the original article here. Not sure what to make of this story, I for one don't mind some out of the box thinking. But at the same time, the one photo that the story has in it doesn't instill any confidence in me that what we are looking at is 'biological'. But, as always, I ask that you judge for yourselves and let me know what you think!