Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin, who’s known for espousing unconventional scientific views — and for frequently sarcastic anti-Western rhetoric — said this week that Russia wants to send its own mission to Venus, in addition to an already-proposed joint venture with the United States called “Venera-D.”
“We think that Venus is a Russian planet, so we shouldn’t lag behind,” Rogozin, a former deputy prime minister, told reporters on Tuesday. He noted that the Soviet Union was “the first and the only one” to land a spacecraft on Venus.
Research published Monday in the journal Nature Astronomy details British and American scientists’ discovery of phosphine gas in the clouds around Venus, considered a potential sign of life on the planet.
The atmosphere of Venus is made up almost entirely of carbon dioxide, and it’s considered the hottest planet in our solar system.
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