Russian space program must shift gears and begin to seriously think about the coming years

The U.S. space program reportedly isn't the only one that has issues related to research and development, leading to a possible shake up among space nations over the next two-to-three years.

Similar to the current problem plaguing NASA, the Russian space program also has an aging spacecraft, the Soyuz spacecraft, with no specific details of a new next-generation shuttle on the horizon.  The Soyuz already is used to transport astronauts and supplies to the International Space Station (ISS), but will be unable to reach Mars or any other planets at this current stage.

Specifically, cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin has told Russian media that changes must be made if Russia hopes to keep it space superiority over other emerging space programs.

To help refocus on future space missions outside of the ISS and low-orbit, it's necessary for Russia to create realistic goals and proper organization among necessary space experts and contractors.  Furthermore, Russian space experts have been unable to agree on the exact design of the next Russian shuttle, which has greatly hampered progress.

Russian space chief Anatoly Perminov recently proposed developing a nuclear-powered space vehicle, but very few details of the craft or possible missions were discussed.

As NASA and Russia lose space importance, developing space programs in China and India are seeing great success with their more recent space missions.  China is expected to be the next nation to reach the moon, despite not being involved in the multi-nation ISS project, and likely has its sights set on manned missions to Mars.

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