Russia Space Boss Slams U.S. Mars Plans Reuters

Russia’s top space official on Thursday slammed as unrealistic U.S. plans for manned missions to Mars and said the emphasis for space exploration should be completion of the International Space Station (ISS). Yuri Koptev, head of Russian space agency Rosaviakosmos, distanced himself from President Vladimir Putin’s comments this week that Russia could work with the United States on President Bush’s ambitious plans.