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Russia is paving the way for a crewed mission to Mars, according to its new 10-year space plan. The plan also calls for it to finish the construction of its section of the International Space Station, though some analysts say this may now be impossible.
The Russian government has approved a space programme covering 2006 to 2015, a Russian space agency official told the Itar-Tass news agency on Tuesday. "The plan has been approved by the Russian government, which implies a commitment to fund it," says John Logsdon, director of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University in Washington DC, US.
Originally posted by apc
I think Russia has more important things she should be worrying about.
Food for her people, for instance.
not to mention we could probably get it done in half the time.
Unlike the US plan to first put astronauts back on the Moon, Russia is likely to be targeting Mars directly, says Logsdon, because the US beat the former Soviet Union to the Moon in 1969.
They will also carry out biomedical tests on volunteers on Earth to prepare for a crewed mission to the Red Planet, which would probably take place after 2020.