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.
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
Russian space chief Anatoly Perminov recently
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.