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Wednesday, August 1, 2001



Race to Mars

Months ago, the Russian space agency announced plans to put a man on Mars by 2020. Scientists and engineers speaking for the project claimed that, "We can do this by 2020 and, from a medical point of view, there are no big hurdles left to hinder such a mission." Although no mission plan has been released yet (or will be for 4 years), the government is extremely confident they can complete the mission utilizing all their experience from Mir and research here on Earth. Estimated total cost for the mission: 10 billion dollars, or roughly 40 times less than NASA's estimate 12 years ago.

(More info: London Times)


- posted by Alex @ 18:49 EST