It is no longer limited to territories here on Earth, Russia has already 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.
“The 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.
“The projects of the Venus missions are included in the joint government program for space exploration in Russia for 2021-2030.”
The statement came the day after scientists discovered that a gas on Earth called phosphine had also been discovered in Venus’ atmosphere.
Venus is similar in size to Earth and is our closest planetary neighbor, but rotates backward compared to other planets.
The study, authored by Cardiff University professor Jane Greaves and colleagues, was published Monday in the journal Nature Astronomy.
The discovery of Venus’s phosphine raises it to an area of interest that is worth exploring in our solar system, along with the ranks of Mars and the moons of the “water world” such as Enceladus and Europe, Sieger said.
“Our impact in the planetary scientific community is to stimulate more research on Venus itself, research on the possibilities of living in the atmosphere of Venus and even space missions aimed at finding signs of life or even life itself in the Venusian atmosphere,” Sieger said.
According to the European Space Agency, the Russians do have considerable experience when it comes to Venus.
Its website reads: “Between 1967 and 1984, Venus’s research in Russia was at the forefront of international research on this planet.
“Since then, Russia has still retained its unique experience in the design and development of landing craft for Venus and continues to set scientific tasks for these vessels.”
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