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Russia Looks to Go Nuclear in Race to Mars

29. October 2009 by Daniel 0 Comments

The chief of Russia’s space agency has proposed the construction of a nuclear-powered spaceship in order to take people to Mars and other planets.


The expensive and technologically challenging project is projected to take about 12 years to prepare, according to Anatoly Perminov, who posted remarks about the proposed ship on the Russian space agency’s Web site.


Specifically, the nuclear-powered ship is projected to cost about 17 billion rubles (about $600 million U.S. or euro 400 million). It would take about three years to design and another nine years to build.


"The project is aimed at implementing large-scale space exploration programs, including a manned mission to Mars, interplanetary travel, the creation and operation of planetary outposts," Perminov stated.


Russia faces several obstacles in building the ship, including a current reliance on old technology and the need for government funds to complete the project. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has expressed support for the project.