Russia’s top space official tried to claim that the planet Venus belongs to the Kremlin



An image of Venus and its thick clouds taken by NASA's Mariner 10 mission during a planetary flyby maneuver on February 7 and 8, 1974. Kevin M. Gill/NASA/JPL-Caletech


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An image of Venus and its thick clouds taken by NASA’s Mariner 10 mission during a planetary flyby maneuver on February 7 and 8, 1974. Kevin M. Gill/NASA/JPL-Caletech

  • The director-general of Russian space corporation Roscosmos claimed this week that Venus is a “Russian planet.”
  • “Resuming Venus exploration is on our agenda. We think that Venus is a Russian planet, so we shouldn’t lag behind,” Dmitry Rogozin told reporters on Tuesday. 
  • Rogozin also revealed the country’s plans to send its own mission to Venus, on top of an already-proposed joint venture with the United States called “Venera-D.” 
  • The top space officials comments come on the back of new research published this week, which found that Venus’ clouds could be harboring microbial life. 
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The head of the Russian space agency has staked the country’s claim on Venus, saying this week that

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