The US is also planning future manned trips to the moon, using staged-rocket technology rather similar to that of the Apollo programme, and a moonbase - and then on to Mars.Source: The Register.
In the nearer term Roskosmos plans to complete its parts of the Inernational Space Station by 2015, and carry out "major modernisation" to its Soyuz orbital-lift craft.
Russia might get around to cosmonauts on Mars after 2035, according to Perminov. he said that difficulties with background radiation in space would be hard to surmount, and the two or three year length of the journey would "involve huge challenges in terms of storage space and stress on the crew" - according to AFP.
Russia wants to go to the moon by 2025
Posted on Sunday, Sep 02 2007 @ 00:26 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck