Russia has announced an intention to independently explore Venus a day after scientists said there was a gas that could be present in the planet’s clouds due to single-celled microbes.
The head of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, told reporters that they would launch a national project such as “we believe Venus is a Russian planet”, according to the TASS news agency.
In a statement, Roscosmos noted that the first missions to explore Venus were carried out by the Soviet Union.
“The huge gap between the Soviet Union and its competitors in the exploration of Venus contributed to the fact that the United States called Venus a Soviet planet,”
The Russians claim to have extensive material suggesting that some objects on the Venusian surface have changed places or could be alive, although these are hypotheses that have not yet been confirmed.
The national project would be a supplement to the “Venera-D” project that the Russians are working on with the US ‘National Aeronautics and Space Administration’.
Early reports suggested that Russia planned to cut all international partners on its Venus exploration project after Roscosmos said it would limit “international cooperation” in the Venera-D project.
But later, Russian media reported that Roscosmos would launch a separate “nationally independent project” exploring Venus.
Roscosmos said they would study the Earth’s and atmosphere on the planet as well as the “evolutionary processes in Venus that allegedly suffered a climate catastrophe associated with the greenhouse effect.”
One week ago, Roscosmos announced that the United States had refused to buy space on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft to deliver an astronaut to the International Space Station in the spring of 2021.
NASA noted that they would like to send their specialists into space both on the new manned spacecraft from SpaceX and on Russian ships, but in an exchange format.