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'Venus is a Russian planet' claims space chief

By T.K. Randall
September 20, 2020 · Comment icon 12 comments

No, Russia doesn't actually own Venus. Image Credit: YouTube / Kinochronics
Dmitry Rogozin made the rather bizarre claim while speaking to reporters at an exhibition last week.
As head of Russia's space agency Roscosmos, Rogozin certainly can't be faulted for ambitious thinking - even if laying claim to an entire planet is taking things a bit far.

While attending an international helicopter exhibition in Moscow on Tuesday, the 56-year-old had been speaking in response to research suggesting that there could be primitive organisms living in the atmosphere of Venus when he made the claim that it was a 'Russian planet'.

"Our country was the first and only one to successfully land on Venus," he said. "The spacecraft gathered information about the planet - it is like hell over there."
"Resuming Venus exploration is on our agenda. We think that Venus is a Russian planet, so we shouldn't lag behind."

Rogozin is certainly correct that Russia is the only nation to have ever successfully landed a spacecraft on the surface of Venus, a feat that necessitated several tries to get right.

On August 17th, 1970, Venera 7 became the first spacecraft to perform a soft landing on another world when it touched down on Venus. Venera 9 in 1975 was the first to return photos from the surface.

Exploration of Venus however proved so challenging that the Soviet's eventually abandoned it.

Source: Business Insider | Comments (12)

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Comment icon #3 Posted by third_eye 4 years ago
Uranus is mine...  ~
Comment icon #4 Posted by jethrofloyd 4 years ago
Mars is David Bowie's     
Comment icon #5 Posted by RoofGardener 4 years ago
Comment icon #6 Posted by Jon the frog 4 years ago
Not sure that claiming an acidic furnace is a strategic move, lol
Comment icon #7 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy 4 years ago
Maybe it reminds him of home ? 
Comment icon #8 Posted by Autochthon1990 4 years ago
Does this mean Putin is gonna try to slip it something funny in a giant mug of tea if it starts talking ****?
Comment icon #9 Posted by Humbled Hypocrite83 4 years ago
Claiming planets will lead to bitter wars. It is all nonsense we are in this together. Except for the communists 
Comment icon #10 Posted by Abramelin 4 years ago
Venus' new name will be 'Gulag'.
Comment icon #11 Posted by BriannaFox 4 years ago
I don't think "owning" planets can be presented in a way that doesn't sound irrational at best.     Agree with that.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 4 years ago
People are taking this remark far too seriously and without looking at the context it was made. He was talking about the planned Venera-D mission to Venus and a further mission that Russia will carry out after that. He was pointing out that all of the exploration done on the surface of Mars was done by Russia. What he actually said was, "we think that Venus is a Russian planet and we shouldn't lag behind". And just how much are Russia genuinely claiming Venus? Well the fact that Venera-D is a joint Russian/US mission should tell you all you need to know. His statement was no more claiming Venu... [More]

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