Humans on Mars by 2011?

The Associated Press is reporting that a private group of Russian space experts announced plans to send 6 humans to Mars by 2011 – for a cost of only $3.5 billion. An official from the Central Research Institute for Machine Building said it would carry out the mission with funding by Aerospace Systems, and would be completely private. The program envisions six cosmonauts traveling to Mars and exploring it for several months before returning to Earth – the total journey would take three years. The mission costs would be low because it would use existing spacecraft. The Russian Space Agency has no involvement with this mission, and dismissed it as nonsense.

5 Replies to “Humans on Mars by 2011?”

  1. All that money to send humans to Mars, how ridiculous,why not send the money to feed the world that is starving, and ease the burdens off of the real humans that slave to pay taxes .

  2. Travelling to the planets and on to the stars will be essential to ensure the long term survival of an expanding human empire. We are the dominant species on this planet and it is inevitable that we will do whatever is within our power to ensure our survival. That may very well mean there will be a need to expand beyond our planet for varied social, enviromental,fanancial,resource etc. issues. I wish the Russians luck and i think it is a good investment for our future knowledge base.

  3. Wake up, wake up and smell the roses. Seriously, what do you think happens with the money spent for this project? Is it burned or destroyed? Do they take it with them to Mars? OMG, it is paid to the people who build the space craft, the people who run the program. the people responsible. It stays here on the planet and feeds families.

  4. Right. Private company goes to Mars in 3 years. WIll this be before or after the flying spaghetti monster makes his debut?

    The RSA has the right idea. Dismiss this as nonsense…

  5. Or how about not spending nearly 600 billion on a pointless war. A trip to Mars would be pocketchange compared to the vast amounts of money spent in Iraq and would be likely to solve a lot more problems.

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