Discussion in 'Geeky Images' started by amusicsite, 12 Apr 2012.
Definite improvement in mission success.
It's interesting to see how many Russian missions there were - I hadn't realised they'd been so regularly sending spacecraft to Mars (and also quite poignant that the missions came to an end in the late eighties/early nineties with the dissolution of Russia).
Are there any Russian Federation members in the European space programme?
Well I believe the Russians culled a lot of the budget after the cold war ended. I do seem to remember a few times they have collaborated with Europe, though not sure if we directly employed Russian experts.
Currently we seem to be working more with the Japanese. Russia said a while back they were going to concentrate more on near earth missions where they had more success and experience.
The mass off missions to Mars was all part of the original space race, they beet the US into space and almost everywhere, except landing a people on the moon. So they then tried to beet the US to Mars too.
The interesting thing is the amount of attention Mars has been given down the years. My feeling is that, space race apart, the majority of what's behind it is the quest to be the first to discover life elsewhere in the solar system. If Europa or another of the moons turns out to stand a better chance for hosting life, I bet the focus will change.
Well I think there are two main reasons tha Mars is given the attention it gets. Firstly there is the search for life which we are obviously going to try and look for on our nearest neighbours first. Venus seems far to hot so Mars is the next logical place to look.
Likewise if we are going to study and eventually send a human crew to another planet then one of the near ones seems the logical thing. Mars has two advantages over Venus, which is closer. On Venus the temperature again would be a big problem which can get up to 450degC, which would burn the burgers on the barbecue. Apart from that though, it does not get you much apart from making it to another planet. Where as Mars is one step closer to the outer solar system and a stepping stone to getting further a field. In fact some of those missions are just flybys from ships going on to places further out in space.
It's interesting that Russia & USA keep trying & failing. The Japanese tried, failed & gave up!
Something about learning from your mistakes??
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