Russians Claim Venus As Their Planet After Signs of Alien Life Discovered

Days after scientists found that there may potentially be aliens on Earth's closest neighbor Venus, Russia has claimed autonomy on the planet.

Rogozin also announced plans to launch an independent Russian expedition to Venus "without involving wide international cooperation."

The researchers did not discover actual life forms, but explained that on Earth phosphine is produced by bacteria thriving in oxygen-starved environments.

“I was very surprised - stunned, in fact,” astronomer Jane Greaves told Reuters of Cardiff University in Wales, lead author of the research published in the journal Nature Astronomy.

Scientists have used probes and telescopes to seek “biosignatures” - indirect signs of life - on other planets and moons in our solar system and beyond.

“With what we currently know of Venus, the most plausible explanation for phosphine, as fantastical as it might sound, is life,” said Massachusetts Institute of Technology molecular astrophysicist and study co-author Clara Sousa-Silva.

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