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Did Russia Claim Venus? Too Bad They Can't Afford To Visit It Any More

By Keith Cowing
September 17, 2020
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Did Russia Claim Venus? Too Bad They Can't Afford To Visit It Any More

Hell Is in Space and It Belongs to Russia, Roscosmos Chief Says, Gizmmodo
“Our country was the first and only one to successfully land on Venus,” Rogozin told attendees at the 2020 HeliRussia exhibition, according to Russia’s state-run TASS news agency. “The [Russian] spacecraft gathered information about the planet — it is like hell over there.” “We believe that Venus is a Russian planet,” Rogozin added. “Both agencies have historically struggled with funding. … The Russian government has slashed funding for Roscosmos repeatedly in recent years, even as it’s facing pressure from competitors like SpaceX who offer cheaper, reusable rockets. Rogozin has offered a lot of bluster about Roscosmos’ capabilities despite the cuts, but this week he admitted that insufficient funding was taking a toll. “I don’t quite understand how to work in these conditions,” Rogozin said. “We are seeing that leading foreign space agencies are increasing their budgets.” Going to hell just isn’t as easy as it used to be.”

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