Perhaps any country would want to rule the world, but why not raise the stakes beyond that? The Solar System has a lot more to offer, and it’s surely worth exploiting. That’s what Russia seems to have in plan, as the director of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, comes with a wild claim:
“We think that Venus is a Russian planet, so we shouldn’t lag behind,”
“Projects of Venus missions are included in the united government program of Russia’s space exploration for 2021-2030.”
Russia loves Venus
ESA (The European Space Agency) has some useful information to share with us about Russians (and formerly Soviets) having commenced planetary research regarding Venus in 1967.
“Russia has still preserved its unique expertise in designing and developing landing craft for Venus and continues to define scientific tasks for those craft,” said the agency.
Life on Venus?
Venus captured the scientists’ attention in the last days. According to a recent study published in the journal Nature Astronomy, two telescopes from Hawaii and Chile have detected a sign of alien life on Venus. More precisely, traces of phosphine were found on the atmosphere of our neighboring planet, meaning a toxic gas that on Earth is produced by microorganisms. Although it’s otherwise difficult to believe that any life forms can exist within the harsh conditions from Venus, organisms don’t necessarily have to emerge and evolve in the same way they did on our planet.
Of course, even if life does exist in a form or another on Venus, we shouldn’t expect that we’ll get to meet little green men coming from our neighboring planet someday and shake hands with them. But the recent discoveries regarding the phosphine gas from Venus sure boost the interest of more and more researchers for the “Earth’s twin”.