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Does Alien Life Thrive in Venus' Mysterious Clouds?

Personally, I've always thought that Venus gets a lot of bad press. Sure, it's wrapped in clouds so strongly acidic that they dissolved the first few probes we tried to land there, and it has a surface temperature high enough to melt lead - but just above the cloud decks of Venus, you'll find some of the most "Earth-like" conditions in our entire solar system.
This has prompted some astrobiologists to wonder if, contrary to popular belief, Venus may actually be a home to life of some kind. Perhaps we've been looking in the wrong place, and life on Venus is not on its surface but in its clouds.

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Title: Venus as a natural laboratory for search of life in high temperature conditions: Events on the planet on March 1, 1982
Authors: L. V. Ksanfomality

New classes of extrasolar planets with relatively small masses ("super-Earths") located in low orbits near low luminosity stars possess moderately high temperature and atmospheric pressure at their surfaces. Such physical conditions and composition of an atmosphere is incompatible with the Earth's aminonucleic acid form of life. But should they be considered as conditions incompatible with any form of life at all? Considering the conditions on Venus as a possible analogue of physical conditions on low-orbiting exoplanets of the "super-Earths" type, a new analysis of Venusian surface panoramas' details has been made. These images were produced by the VENERA landers in 1975 and 1982. Also the images which had not been previously considered were included in the processing. A few relatively large objects were found with size ranging from a decimeter to half meter and with unusual morphology. The objects were observed in some images, but were absent in the other or altered their shape. The article presents the obtained results and analyses the evidence of reality of these objects.

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Is there life on Venus? Not in reprocessed Venera-13 images.

The story is so obviously ridiculous that I would ordinarily not give it a second thought. But one thing gave me pause, and that's the author. Leonid Ksanfomaliti is a senior statesman of Russian planetary science. In addition to his scientific and technical contributions, he is also a populariser, a speaker and writer who brings space science to the public.
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Life spotted on Venus: Russian scientist

Leonid Ksanfomaliti of the Space Research Institute of Russia's Academy of Sciences published a study that analysed the photographs from the Venus mission made by a Soviet landing probe, Venus-13, in 1982.
The photographs feature several objects, which Ksanfomaliti said, resembled a "disk", a "black flap" and a "scorpion".

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Life on Venus could be blown to Earth by powerful winds, scientists claim.
Previous research has considered the possibility of micro organisms existing in Venus's atmosphere despite extreme temperatures on its surface.
But two scientists at the Cardiff Centre for Astrobiology say microbes from Venus could actually be blown into the Earth's atmosphere by solar winds.

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