Russia is laying claim to Venus and plans to set-up missions to our neighbouring planet as part of its 2021-2030 plans.
According to TASS, the Russian News Agency, Russia is planning its own mission to Venus alongside the joint venture planned with the United States.
“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. 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,”said head of Russian space corporation Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin.
Much like missions to Mars, these explorations would include sending research vehicles to observe and collect data about the planet.
This is not the first time Russia has begun missions to Venus. In 1982, while still called the USSR, the Venera 13 spacecraft was launched from present day Kazakstan and successfully transmitted the first colour images from the surface of Venus. Since then, no other lander has made it to the surface of Venus.
Information about this project is still difficult to come by as the USSR were extremely secretive about their space missions.
This achievement by Russians is likely why they consider it to be a “Russian planet.”