Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

'Venus is a Russian planet' claims space chief

Posted on Sunday, 20 September, 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)

Tags: Venus, Russia

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by third_eye on 20 September, 2020, 17:15
Uranus is mine...  ~
Comment icon #4 Posted by jethrofloyd on 20 September, 2020, 17:38
Mars is David Bowie's     
Comment icon #5 Posted by RoofGardener on 20 September, 2020, 18:23
Comment icon #6 Posted by Jon the frog on 20 September, 2020, 18:57
Not sure that claiming an acidic furnace is a strategic move, lol
Comment icon #7 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 20 September, 2020, 22:59
Maybe it reminds him of home ? 
Comment icon #8 Posted by Autochthon1990 on 21 September, 2020, 1:27
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 on 21 September, 2020, 11:29
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 on 21 September, 2020, 16:32
Venus' new name will be 'Gulag'.
Comment icon #11 Posted by BriannaFox on 26 September, 2020, 16:18
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 on 29 September, 2020, 19:24
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]

Please Login or Register to post a comment.

  On the forums
'Rat king' discovered by farmer in Russia
The unusual phenomenon happens when a group of rats get their tails hopelessly tangled together.
US Space Force reveals its new uniform design
The US Space Force has unveiled its prototype uniform design... which looks surprisingly familiar to sci-fi fans.
'Castleford Croc' spotted in UK back garden
A creature resembling a crocodile has been spotted wandering around outside residences in West Yorkshire.
Mystery woman in Croatia can't recall own name
Police in Croatia are investigating the case of a mystery woman who is unable to recall anything about her life.
Stories & Experiences
Mystery 'troll' captured on camera
4-24-2021 | Marsta, Sweden
My Grandfather's NDE
4-24-2021 | Oakland, California
The voice of something not human
11-17-2020 | Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles
Shadow figure demon ?
11-14-2020 | USA
Ghost following me
9-18-2020 | Iowa
Mysterious glowing cube
8-23-2020 | Alabama
Black blob in my room/bed
7-23-2020 | Powell,TN U.S.
Transparent levitating ball
7-14-2020 | Santa Rosa, California

         More stories | Send us your story
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
NASA studies underwater 'white smoker' vents
Posted 4-17-2020 | 3 comments
Hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor can teach us about possible habitats on other worlds.
10 strange things about our solar system
Posted 3-17-2020 | 0 comments
A look at some of the most mysterious things about our solar system.
Lizzie - Scotland's other loch monster
Posted 3-8-2020 | 0 comments
Amelia Dimoldenberg investigates the Loch Ness Monster's neighbor.
Adam Savage and Spot
Posted 2-14-2020 | 5 comments
Adam Savage tests out Boston Dynamics' impressive Spot robot.
NASA 2020: Are you ready ?
Posted 1-1-2020 | 3 comments
A look at what's coming up in the world of spaceflight this year.
 View: More videos
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 (c) 2001-2021
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ