by Staff Writers
Zhukovsky (RIA Novosti) Aug 23, 2011
With just months to go before the end of a Moscow-based simulated journey to Mars, the European Space Agency (ESA) head said on Wednesday a joint mission with Russia to the Red Planet was in the pipeline.
Speaking to reporters at an air show near Moscow on Wednesday, ESA head Jean-Jacques Dordain said ESA and Russia's Roskosmos space agency would "carry out the first flight to Mars together."
Dordain said it was too early to define a timeframe, but added that the Mars500 project was a factor in the preparation for a real mission to Mars.
The 520-day simulated Mars500 project, run by Russia's Institute of Biomedical Problems with ESA's participation, aims to investigate just how well humans can cope with a return trip to the Red Planet. The six crew members are due "to return to Earth" in November.
Experts say a manned journey to Mars is still decades away because of the technological and financial challenges involved.
Source: RIA Novosti
Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.
France, Russia talk of Mars mission
Moscow (UPI) Aug 19, 2011
The European Space Agency says it will team up with Russia's space agency with the goal of launching the first manned mission to Mars. ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain said his agency and Roskosmos will "carry out the first flight to Mars together," Britain's Daily Mail reported Friday. Dordain made the remarks while attending an air show at Zhukovsky, near Moscow. No ti ... read more
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2011 - Space Media Network. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|