Red Mars

Today is Cosmonaut Day in Russia. Which probably explains the spate of space-themed news articles coming out of Russia this weekend.

First up is the attempt by one enterprising company, Aerospace Systems, to re-ignite the space race. They plan to go to Mars before the Americans, and cheaper too. Mosnews.com reckon they’ll be there by 2009, but the American propaganda mouthpiece Associated Press are sounding a little more cautious – they estimate the Mars landing will be sometime in 2011. One thing they both agree on, however, is if the Russians can do it, they can do it cheaper. While the US program will cost between $14 and $30 billion, Russia can do it for a mere $3.5 billion.

When they get there, the Cosmonauts are going to need something to land in. Russian experts have a grudging respect for American landers (they did, after all, build the Eagle), calling them “reliable” but think that the cheaper Russian model will be far more “competitive.” That means cheaper, I think.

With all this upbeat news coming out of Star City, it’s no wonder Russians still think they are in the premier league when it comes to space…

Out of 1630 respondents, 52 percent said they see Russia as a major space power.

The spirit of Yuri Gagarin lives on!

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7 Responses

  1. gary says:

    Ooops. Sorry about the stuttering trackbacks.

  2. Baltic Blog says:

    Heck, more power to ’em. If they help light a fire under the Americans, so much the better.

    But, then again, the Russian media also reported that the U.S. has flying saucer technology. I put this at about the same level of credibility.

  3. Andy says:

    I just logged on to see three trackacks, a record. For a brief, but happy, moment I thought I had actually written something worthwhile by mistake…

    And its true. The US does have flying saucer technology. They bought it from the Russians.

  1. April 12, 2004

    You’re Putin me on

    Fantasy reigns at Pravda, and seems to be spilling over into government. Mars in 2009, plus flying cars into Moscow in 2006?  Not to mention missile-defense foiling ICBMs and non-suicidal Sqvall torpedoes. The USSR couldn’t handle such a load of

  2. April 12, 2004

    You’re Putin me on

    Fantasy reigns at Pravda, and seems to be spilling over into government. Mars in 2009, plus flying cars into Moscow in 2006?  Not to mention missile-defense foiling ICBMs and non-suicidal Sqvall torpedoes. The USSR couldn’t handle such a load of

  3. April 12, 2004

    You’re Putin me on

    Fantasy reigns at Pravda, and seems to be spilling over into government. Mars in 2009, plus flying cars into Moscow in 2006?  Not to mention missile-defense foiling ICBMs and non-suicidal Sqvall torpedoes. The USSR couldn’t handle such a load of

  4. April 12, 2004

    Red Mars

    No not that red. Commie red. Siberian Light links to a slew of articles about Russian space plans. It is, after all, Cosmonaut day in the motherland.

    Among the articles he links, we see that a Russian company is claiming that it will put six cos…