Russia plans flight to Mars and development of space tourism RIA Novosti

Russia will start an experimental program for preparation for flights to Mars in 2006, said Anatoly Perminov, head of the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos. “The agency is not planning a manned flight to Mars until 2015, although we will start an experimental program at the Institute of Medical and Biological Research next year,” he told the Voice of Russia state-controlled radio station. “An international six-men crew will conduct a simulated 500-day flight to Mars.”