Just days after scientists said they discovered phosphine in the clouds of Venus, the head of the Russian space agency declared “Earth’s Evil Twin” a “Russian planet”.
Dmitry Rogozin, the general director of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, said the second planet from the sun was a “Russian planet” when the former Soviet Union landed a probe on Venus decades ago.
“Our country [the Soviet Union] was the first and only one to successfully land on Venus, ”Rogozin said in an interview with The Times. “The spaceship has gathered information about the planet – it’s like hell over there.”
The NASA boss says VENUS is “a stop in our search for life”.
“We believe that Venus is a Russian planet,” he added.
The Soviet-era Venera program was designed to learn more about the planet Venus, which some researchers believe was habitable in its distant past. The Venera program, which lasted between 1961 and 1984, brought a number of successes, including a soft landing on the planet on December 15, 1970 (Venera 7), the first of its kind.
Rogozin’s comments come just days after NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said the planet was “a stop in our search for life.”
“Today we are faced with amazing discoveries that could tell us more about the possibility of off-earth life,” Bridenstine said in a statement released last week.
Last week, new research by an international team of astronomers revealed the discovery of a rare molecule, phosphine, in the clouds of Venus. The scientists found that the gas on Earth is only produced industrially or by microbes that thrive in oxygen-free environments.
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The study, led by Professor Jane Greaves of Cardiff University in the UK, was announced by the Royal Astronomical Society and published in the journal Nature Astronomy.
In addition, Bridenstine announced that the space agency is considering two of the four Discovery missions that will be selected over the next year and proposed as missions to Venus.
“One is focused on understanding its atmosphere and the other on understanding the geological history of Venus,” added Bridenstine.
NASA is also working with Europe on another planned Venus mission called EnVision, according to Bridenstine.
Fox News has contacted Roscosmos and NASA with a request for comment.
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Venus, dubbed “Earth’s Evil Twin,” has an extremely harsh climate with a surface temperature of 864 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s probably too hot to support life, but NASA recently announced it would be exploring the planet. In July, researchers revealed that Venus has nearly 40 active volcanoes on its surface.
Separately in July, a number of researchers argued that visiting the second planet in the solar system could have benefits for a manned mission to Mars.
In late 2019, NASA said it was working on a stingray-like spacecraft to explore the planet, which has more volcanoes than any other celestial body in the solar system.
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Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to this story.