Moscow plans to send its own mission to Venus in addition to the planned joint ‘Venus-D’ mission with the United States, according to the head of its space agency Dmitry Rogozin, who believes the second planet from the Sun is “Russian “.
Speaking at the HeliRussia-2020 exhibition, a convention focused on the Russian helicopter industry, Rogozin announced that Roscosmos plans to focus its efforts on Venus.
“We believe Venus is a Russian planet, so we shouldn’t be left behind,” He said. “Missions to Venus are part of Russia’s government space exploration program for 2021-2030.”
According to current plans, Russia’s next expedition to Venus is scheduled for the end of 2020, as a joint mission between Roscosmos and NASA. In addition, the country is developing its own Venus exploration program, which will send at least three search vehicles to the planet.
Scientists at Cardiff University in the UK recently published a paper that assumed that Venus clouds could be inhabited by living organisms. Researchers found phosphine gas in the planet’s atmosphere, a substance that is associated with life on Earth. As things stand, gas remains inexplicable.
When it comes to looking for life on other planets, Venus is relatively low on the list. Although it is similar in size to Earth, it has an atmosphere of 97% carbon dioxide and an average temperature of 464 degrees Celsius. In 1970, the Soviet Venera 7 spacecraft became the first spacecraft to successfully land on another planet and transmit data to Earth. Venera’s previous missions crashed or were crushed by atmospheric impact before landing. No other country has ever managed to land on the planet.
“Our country was the first and only one on Venus. Our team was there and did some research. In general, it’s a living hell. “ Said Rogozin.
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