De-classified: Soviet Options for a Manned Mars Landing Mission Secrecy News

The Soviet Union might have been poised to implode in 1989. But that didn’t stop the whiz-kids at the CIA from predicting that the Evil Empire would “likely” soon be painting the Red Planet, um, Red. Soviets are planning for a manned Mars landing mission some time after the year 2000,” reads the CIA’s then-secret analysis, now de-classified.