March 15, 2018
Vladimir Putin has unveiled Russia’s plan to launch a series of missions to Mars.
The Russian President said the space programme would start with an unmanned launch in 2019 to explore the Red Planet.
With days to go before presidential elections, he told a documentary: ‘We are planning unmanned and later manned launches – into deep space, as part of a lunar program and for Mars exploration.
‘The closest mission is very soon, we are planning to launch a mission to Mars in 2019.’
The president revealed the plans in an interview shown in a new documentary by Andrey Kondrashov, it has emerged.
He added that the lunar exploration programme would look at polar regions of the moon.
The Kremlin strongman, facing accusations his regime was behind the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury on March 4, added: ‘Our specialists will try landing near the poles because there are reasons to expect water there.
This article was posted: Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 8:25 am