Moscow plans to send its own mission to Venus in addition to the planned ‘Venera-D’ joint mission with the United States, according to the head of its space agency, Dmitry Rogozin, who believes the other planet from the sun is “Russian”.
In a speech at the HeliRussia 2020 exhibition, a convention focusing on the Russian helicopter industry, Rogozin announced that Roscosmos plans to focus its efforts on Venus.
“We believe Venus is a Russian planet, so we should not fall behind,” he said. “Missions to Venus are part of the government’s program for Russia’s space research for 2021-2030.”
According to current plans, Russia’s next expedition to Venus is planned for the late 2020s as a joint mission between Roscosmos and NASA. In addition, the country is developing its own Venus exploration program, which will send at least three research vehicles to the planet.
Researchers at Cardiff University in the United Kingdom recently published a paper hypothesizing that Venus’ clouds may be inhabited by living organisms. Scientists found phosphine gas in the planet’s atmosphere, a substance associated with life on Earth. As things stand, the gas remains inexplicable.
When it comes to searching for life on other planets, Venus is relatively low down the list. Although similar in size to Earth, it has an atmosphere of 97 percent carbon dioxide and an average temperature of 464 degrees Celsius. In 1970, the Soviet probe Venera 7 became the first spacecraft ever to successfully land on another planet and transmit data back to Earth. Previous Venera missions crashed or were crushed by atmospheric influences before landing. No other country has ever managed to land on the planet.
“Our country was the first and only one on Venus. Our equipment was there and it investigated. In general, it is a living hell, “ Said Rogozin.
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