Russia says Venus is a “Russian planet”

Days after astronomers say they’ve found a gas that may or may not indicate microbial life on Venus, Russia’s government space agency has boldly laid claim to the planet.

CBS News reports the agency says Venus is a “Russian planet” and will be sending its own mission.

Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin, noting that the Soviet Union is the only country to have landed a spacecraft on the planet described as hell, with 800 degree surface temps, said “We think that Venus is a Russian planet, so we shouldn’t lag behind.”

Rogozin has said that Venus is “more interesting than Mars,” and could help scientists understand climate change on Earth.

Should countries be able to lay claim to planets just like terrestrial territories? Will humans someday soon live on another planet? Would you volunteer?

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