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Russia to launch mission to Mars in 2019


Posted on Thursday, 15 March, 2018 | Comment icon 6 comments

Putin has big plans for Russia's space program. Image Credit: CC BY 4.0 Kremlin.ru
During a recent televised interview, Putin revealed that Russia is planning to launch a series of space missions.
The announcement, which has come days before the Russian presidential election and at a time when the eyes of the world are on the country following the poisoning of a former spy in Salisbury, suggests that Russia is still firmly committed to its space exploration program.

Its space agency, Roscosmos, will also be keen to make up lost ground after the failure of its Phobos-Grunt Mars probe which launched in 2011 with the goal of collecting a sample of soil from the Martian moon Phobos and then returning it to Earth for further study.

"We are planning unmanned and later manned launches - into deep space, as part of a lunar program and for Mars exploration," Putin said in a state television film about his 18 years in power. "The closest mission is very soon, we are planning to launch a mission to Mars in 2019."

He also hinted at plans to land cosmonauts on the Moon and to eventually set up a base there.

"Our specialists will try landing near the poles because there are reasons to expect water there. There is research to be done there, and from that, research of other planets and outer space can be undertaken," he said.

Source: IB Times | Comments (6)

Tags: Russia, Mars

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Chaldon on 15 March, 2018, 18:02
Please stop illustrating articles about Russia with the images of Putin. I can't bear those any longer... Please pity me, because in several days I will understand that I will have to bear them for another 6 years...
Comment icon #2 Posted by Herr Falukorv on 15 March, 2018, 18:13
 Putin said in a state television film about his 18 years in power...18 years  wtf Time sure fly Felt like it was only a couple of years ago this merry guy was in power  
Comment icon #3 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 16 March, 2018, 10:39
Back on topic... Russia ISN'T going to launch a mission to Mars in 2019. No one us going to launch a mission to Mars in 2019. Earth and Mars will be in the wrong positions for such a launch. Miss this year's launch window and you have to wait until 2020.
Comment icon #4 Posted by aearluin on 16 March, 2018, 11:23
In mother Russia you don't launch when Earth and Mars are in position. They get into positon when you launch!
Comment icon #5 Posted by seanjo on 16 March, 2018, 20:28
Putin's just a puppet of the Russian oligarchy Mafia...we need to do something.  
Comment icon #6 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 17 March, 2018, 1:47
Okay, it's time for a reminder... The rules of this site (which all members agree to abide by when joining) state the following: It really shouldn't need a moderator to point out that political discussion should be held in the politics board.and that the space section should be for discussion about space.related topics. Thank you.


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