Well, the shuttle program may be over but that doesn’t mean that space exploration is on hold. As the article at this link suggests, Russia and Europe seem very interested in a manned mission to Mars.
The pledge came on Wednesday from Jean-Jacques Dordain, head of the European Space Agency, during his visit to Russia’s MAKS air show near Moscow. He said ESA and the Russian Federal Space Agency would “carry out the first flight to Mars together,” according to a report from the RIA Novosti news agency.
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