Russian Magazine Covers Mars Society Mars Society

The important Russian magazine Vokrug Sveta (Around the World) has published a 16 page illustrated article about Mars exploration, with central focus on the work of the Mars Society. The article covers Mars as a planet, current plans to explore Mars with robots, orbiters, and airplanes, the Mars Direct plan, terraforming, and the work of the Mars Society at the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS) and the MDRS. Mars Society recognition in Russia has grown rapidly since the publication of “The Case for Mars” in Russian, (under the title “V Zashchitu Marsa”) translated by Russian Mars Society president Gennady Gusev. During the summer of 2002, Russian TV crews from the independant NTV network travelled to Devon Island to film the work of the FMARS crew. The documentary they produced was broadcast nationwide across Russia in the fall of 2002 to wide aclaim. Growth of the Russian Mars Society is very important as Russian technological capabilities could represent a major contribution to an international Mars exploration program.