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Venus was recently revealed to hold a biosignature in its atmosphere that may indicate the presence of life in some form.
Russia, which previously landed probes on Venus, has declared Venus to be “a Russian Planet.”
Both NASA and Russia’s Roscosmos are dedicated to exploring Venus in the near future.
When the United States landed humans on the moon in the late 1960s they planted an American flag there. The country was in the middle of the space race with the USSR, and it made sense that the US would put a big exclamation point on its achievement by slapping a flag on the lunar surface. The US didn’t try to lay claim to the entire Moon, of course, but it was a highly symbolic move.
Now, Russia is doing something similar… only this time it’s with Venus. NASA hasn’t done a whole lot when it comes to exploring Venus, but Russia did land multiple probes on the planet as recently as 1984. In the wake of the news that biosignatures may indicate life in some form exists on the planet, Russia’s space boss has declared that Venus is a “Russian planet,” whatever that means.
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