According to the TASS news agency, Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russia’s Space Corporation, Roscosmos, told reporters that they would launch a national project.
In a statement, Roskosmos mentioned that the first mission to locate Venus was done by the Soviet Union.
“The huge differences between the Soviet Union and its rivals in the Venus investigation contributed to the fact that the United States called Venus a Soviet planet,” Roskosmos said.
The Russians claim to have extensive material suggesting that some objects on the Venusian surface have changed locations or may be alive, although these are hypotheses that are yet to be confirmed.
The national project will be in addition to the “Venera-D” project, which the Russians are working with the US ‘National Aeronautics and Space Administration’.
Initial reports suggested that Russia planned to cut its international exploration partners in its Venus exploration project, as Roskosmos said it would limit “international cooperation” in the Venera-D project.
But later, Russian media reported that Roskosmos would launch a separate “national independent project” to search for Venus.
Roscosmos said they would study the planet’s soil and atmosphere, as well as “the evolutionary processes of Venus, which allegedly suffered climatic catastrophe associated with the greenhouse effect.”
A week ago, Roskosmos announced that the United States had refused to buy a seat on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to deliver to an astronaut on the International Space Station in the spring of 2021.
NASA notes that they want to send their specialists into space on SpaceX’s new manned spacecraft and Russian ships, but in a barter format.