Space Race On As Russia Puts $10bn Into Reaching Mars

Russia has launched an ambitious, multibillion-dollar space programme designed to restore its cash-starved space agency to its former Soviet glory.

The cabinet has earmarked 305 billion roubles (£6.1 bn) for the 2006-15 period, an amount it hopes will pave the way for a manned mission to Mars and joint manned missions to the Moon with Nasa.


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