Co-operation between space agencies could one day make the idea of a manned mission to Mars a reality.
Deputy Russian space agency head Sergey Saveliev has spoken out at the UN about a potential alliance between Russia and the United States aimed at sending humans to Mars. Saveliev emphasised that only through co-operation could such a feat be made possible.
"I have to say that currently there is no country that could organize a manned spaceflight to Mars and a safe return," he said. "We strongly believe that this project can be accomplished only through international cooperation."
NASA head Charles Bolden has also endorsed the idea. "We are absolutely trying to partner with everybody to go - anyone who wants to participate," he said.
"Russia would be willing to be a partner with the United States on a manned mission to Mars, a Russian space official said at the United Nations."
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Source: Mars Daily
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