According to her, the scientist died on September 7 at the age of 87.

“On September 7, 2019, Leonid Vasilievich Ksanfomaliti, one of the oldest IKI employees who worked at the institute almost from its foundation, passed away,” the report said.

Leonid Xanfomaliti conducted many experiments as part of the study of Venus, Mars, the satellite of Phobos, Halley's comet. He also studied Mercury.

It is noted that in January 2012, Xanfomality, in his article for the scientific journal Astronomical Bulletin, stated that he had found several insect-like objects that he found alive in pictures from the Soviet landing module of the Venera-13 station.

Other astronomers were skeptical of these assumptions. American experts, in turn, said that these objects are artifacts of the image.

Earlier, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, American biochemist Carey Mullis, died.