We hear a lot of talk about colonialism from the progressives of the Buddha generation, and this is equally critical. It is always a technologically superior group that invades the lands of the indigenous population of one kind or another and confuses everything. Well, if that upsets them, maybe we’ve finally found a good reason to be upset by the Russians. Russia does not invade another country or take control of some remote islands. They claim the planet Venus … something like. And the crazy part of all this is that they can actually have pretty decent pretensions. (CNN)
No longer limited to territories here on Earth, Russia has now laid claim to Venus, claiming to be a “Russian planet.”;
This week, Dmitry Rogozin, head of Russia’s Roscosmos space corporation, revealed that the country plans to send its own mission to Venus in addition to Venus-D, a planned joint mission with the United States, Russia’s state news agency TASS reported.
Rogozin addressed reporters at the HeliRussia 2020 exhibition, an international exhibition of the helicopter industry in Moscow.
“Resumption of Venus research is on the agenda,” he told reporters on Tuesday. “We think Venus is a Russian planet, so we should not lag behind,” he said.
It doesn’t sound like the Russians are trying to claim ownership of all of Venus. And let’s face it … this isn’t real estate that you’ll soon see on one of your favorite fixative shows. Venus is a literal hole, with surface temperatures of nearly 900 degrees Fahrenheit, a pressure that can crush a golf ball to the size of marble and constant rains of sulfuric acid. But the Russians seem to say they have certain rights to explore the planet by virtue of seniority.
And it’s not such a crazy case to make if we’re going to play a first-come, first-served game in terms of solar system research. As I mentioned, when we recently discussed the discovery of possible signs of life in the Venusian atmosphere, the Russians were on the surface of Venus for decades before anyone else even considered trying. They launched more than two dozen probes, landed more than ten, and even broadcast photos and environmental data back to Earth from there.
But we haven’t divided the solar system into rules based on a game of Red Rover, Red Rover, right? If so, the rest of the world will feel quite abandoned. The United States remains the only country that puts people on the moon, so do we own that? We landed the first vehicles on Mars and other, more distant moons and rocky astronomical bodies. Do we have all of these? If so, I don’t think that’s a bad compromise. We give the Russians Venus and take everything else. Sounds good to me.
But somehow I doubt the rest of the world would agree with him. Most of the other objects in the solar system will probably be the first to arrive, the first to be served in terms of natural resources, but when it comes to making any legal “claim” against them … it will be a sticky situation. More socialist countries and organizations (such as the United Nations) will no doubt want to approach the issue of flowers and unicorns and say that all these resources belong to all mankind and must be shared equally.
And there is another argument against the whole “first come, first served” theory. What if the aliens controlling all the UFOs turn out to be real? Maybe they already have our planet but they just didn’t bother to set up a command post and put up a flag … more.