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The leading space powers are seriously considering flying to Mars. In late 2011 the Russian Fobos-Grunt apparatus will start to Fobos – Mars’s natural satellite - to come back with samples of its soil. Late this April, Moscow will start an experiment imitating the conditions of a real flight to Mars. The US also plans flying to the Red Planet, confirmed President Obama recently, specifying the new US priorities in space exploration. In the 2020ies, Americans will fly to one of the asteroids and in mid 2030ies – to Mars.
It’s all about high politics, Igor Afanasyev says. The US space department was very unhappy with the President’s plans to wind up these space programs. Mr. Obama is just being pressed on. He must have been convinced that such plans throw America’s space progress years back.
Russia and the US have many common points in space exploration. Americans use Russian RD-180 liquid engines that are considered to be the world’s best, on their rockets. They are also interested in Russian advanced oxygen and hydrogen engines.
Seven Russians, a Chinese, an Italian, a Belgian and a man from France have entered the final stage of a Russian contest to put together a crew for a mock manned mission to Mars
Russian and European scientists are locking a team of enthusiasts in a module to find out if an expedition to Mars can become a reality. The volunteers are to spend 520 days in compete isolation.
Originally posted by areyosicker
This could be the next Space race.
Have both sides try to out do each other in terms of technology.
If they both work together maybe we will walk on mars before WWIII.
The US also plans flying to the Red Planet, confirmed President Obama recently, specifying the new US priorities in space exploration
Originally posted by arbiture
reply to post by anon72
The moon is also where the gas station is. And it takes a whole lot less energy to go from the moon to anywhere else, then it does to go from Earth to anywhere else.