Russia claims planet Venus is theirs
Russia has moved to claim ownership of planet Venus after scientists revealed that phosphine gas was detected on the planet.
Russian News Agency(TASS) reported that the head of Russian space corporation Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin said Russia was planning to send its own mission to Venus, besides a planned joint mission with the US.
"Resuming Venus exploration is on our agenda. Firstly, we have the "Venera-D" project in cooperation with the Americans. We are also considering our own mission to Venus," said Rogozin.
He said Russia should lead in exploring Venus because they think it belongs to them.
"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," he said.
From a CNN report, scientists recently detected a gas called phosphine in Venus atmosphere. The gas has a number of industrial and laboratory uses.
Planet Venus is has a similar size to our planet Earth and scientists say it spins backwards unlike other planets.
The discovery of the valuable gas has elevated exploration interests into Venus.
Cardiff University Monday published a study detailing the detection of the gas