Non-Landing Flight To Mars Possible By 2014 RIA Novosti

Given sufficient funding, Russian cosmonautics can by 2014 manage an orbital flight to Mars without landing. Physician cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov, who set a record in the duration of space flight, said so at the press conference on the publication of the book World Manned Cosmonautics. To him, in 2018-2020 Russian cosmonautics will be ready to perform a Martian mission with landing. “But only if there is sufficient financing and cooperation with other countries of Europe”, the cosmonaut said.