Moscow will focus efforts on Venus’s exploration, says head of space agency – RT Russia and former Soviet Union

    Moscow plans to send its mission to Venus in addition to a planned 'Venera-D' joint mission with the US, according to the head of its space agency, Dmitry Rogozin, who believes that the second planet from the Sun is "Russian".

</p><div><p>Speaking at the Helicaria-2020 exhibition, at a conference focused on the Russian helicopter industry, Rogozin announced that Roskosmos planned to focus his efforts on Venus.</p><div class="read-more">

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“We believe that Venus is a Russian planet, so we should not retreat,” he said. “Mission to Venus is a part of Russia’s government’s program of space exploration for 2021-2030.”

According to current plans, Russia’s next expedition to Venus is scheduled in late 2020, as a joint mission between Roskosmos and NASA. In addition, the country is developing its own Venus exploration program, which will send at least three research vehicles to the planet.

Scientists at Cardiff University in the United Kingdom have recently published a research paper stating that living organisms may be inhabited by Venus clouds. Researchers found phosphine gas in the planet’s atmosphere, a substance on Earth that is associated with life. As things stand, the gas remains unexplained.

When it comes to searching for life on other planets, Venus is relatively low on the list. Although similar in size to the Earth, it has 97 percent carbon dioxide and an average temperature of 464 ° C. In 1970, the Soviet probe Venera 7 became the first spacecraft to successfully land on another planet and send data back to Earth. The first Venera mission either crashed or was crushed by atmospheric impact before landing. No other country has ever managed to land on the planet.

“Our country was first and only on Venus. Our equipment was there, and it did research. In general, it’s a living hell, “ Rogozin said.

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