Space Race II

I often wish that there was a second Space Race that would accelerate NASA’s agenda. While surfing the web yesterday I came across these two stories about Russian plans that remind me of the Space Race.

According to RussianSpaceWeb the Russian’s are contemplating a joint venture with the ESA to the moon.
“Facing exclusion from the participation in NASA’s lunar exploration program, Russia and Europe ponder a cooperative program, which would compete with the US effort to return a man to the Moon.” It goes on to say:”The latest Russian-European plans aim to parallel or even beat American astronauts on the Moon.”
Link HERE–(under manned spaceflight)

…or how about this story on how Russian and China are planning a joint venture to Mars. China and Russia plan to launch a joint mission to Mars in 2009…

Flight of Fancy?

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