Six Cosmonauts to Land on Mars in 2009 MosNews

The Russian company Aviation Space Systems has developed a project for a piloted space mission to Mars, which may be undertaken as early as 2009, an executive from the company told Interfax Friday. The landing mission will involve six cosmonauts, the news agency reported. Oleg Alexandrov, the general director of the company, said that the project would cost less than all its predecessors.