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Tuesday, April 8, 2003



Russians Prepare for Manned Mars Mission

Russian Mission Control.
Russian Mission Control.
Credit: Eyes on the Cape
Russia announced today that it was preparing to launch a study on the effects of a 1.5-year stay in conditions simulating the voyage to Mars.

The study would include six volunteers provided with a supply of three tons of water and five tons of food. The rest of the water, along with air to breathe, will come from recycling. A manned mission to Mars is currently set at the 2018 launch window.

Let us hope that world events do not derail the launch. Russia has been preparing for a manned mission since August 2001. The mission has since been moved forward from its preliminary date of 2020.

(More info: Interfax)


- posted by Brian @ 18:11 EST