Hi.

Hoping to avoid getting too political, but if there was any doubt, it seems great power competition doesn't stop at the exosphere.

On Tuesday, Russia’s space chief said Venus is a “Russian planet” while announcing a new series of Russian unmanned spacecraft missions to visit the second planet from the sun.

Speaking at the 2020 HeliRussia exhibition, Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Russian space corporation Roscosmos, downplayed the recent research on phoshine , claiming that a series of Soviet probes to Venus during the Cold War determined that the planet’s environment was far too harsh to support life.

“Our country was the first and only one to successfully land on Venus,” Rogozin said. “The [Russian] spacecraft gathered information about the planet — it is like hell over there.”

Commenting on the exclusively Russian expeditions to Venus, Rogozin told reporters: “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.”

I'm assuming this to be empty nationalistic hyperbole, as the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 prevents countries from staking claims on a celestial body. I believe there was a time when the 'Red Planet' was seen to be the planet of destiny for Russia, but that ship seems to have sailed.