Everyone wants to rule the world, claims tears for fears, but Russia has set goals beyond earth.
Dmitry Rogozin, the director of Roscosmos – a Russia-run cosmonaut and aeronautical research company – announced earlier this week that his nation is organizing an intragalactic mission to Venus, TASS reported.
“We think Venus is a Russian planet, so we shouldn’t lag behind,” said Rogozin. “Projects from Venus missions are included in the United Government’s program to explore Russian space for the period 2021-2030.”
The second planet from the sun, also known as Earth’s twin, is only 40 million kilometers away on a good day. If the clearance is a lag, keep in mind that the surface temperature is a mild 900 degrees – hot enough to melt lead.
Rogozin’s testimony followed the discovery that the natural gas known as phosphine had been detected in Venus’ atmosphere.
The European Space Agency says Russians, and earlier the Soviets, are no strangers to Venus after embarking on significant planetary research in 1967.
“Russia has retained its unique expertise in the development and development of landing craft for Venus and continues to define scientific tasks for these ships,” the agency stated on its website.
But Rogozin’s claim to Russian ownership of Venus is false.
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The 1967 space treaty, originally drafted by the US, the Soviet Union, and the UK, strictly forbids any country from making claims to galactic units.
“Outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, is not subject to national appropriation by claim to sovereignty, by use or occupation, or in any other way,” says Article II of the Covenant.
According to the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, 110 nations are currently party to the Space Treaty.
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