Russia Wants Nuclear-Powered Rocket to Go to Mars

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The space race is on again: The Russians are planning a nuclear-powered spacecraft that will get them to Mars faster than Duck Dodgers in the 24 and a half century. Space Agency chief Anatoly Perminov promises a design by 2012:

The project is aimed at implementing large-scale space exploration programs, including a manned mission to Mars, interplanetary travel, the creation and operation of planetary outposts. The implementation of this project will allow us to reach a new technological level surpassing foreign developments.

It would only take nine years to fully develop at the tune of $600 million, which is spare change compared to all the economy stimulus plans in place. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev—knowing that this will generate money and specialized jobs, not to mention pushing Russia to a new scientific and engineering level—has backed the project and wants the government to pay for it.

Meanwhile, the Guys With the Right Stuff are seeing their projects scrapped, with Constellation about to get cancelled, and the shuttle getting killed. Godspeed America, godspeed. Let's go to KFC and sink our hope in greasy chicken and cheap beer. [Yahoo via Universe Today]

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You'd think that America strived to dumb down everything we do.

You think kids today are stupid? It's bad enough kids today can't spell, have no concept of grammar and can't do math in their head. Just wait until your grandkids are teenagers.

I weep for our future.

Right now, kids can't wait to get out of school so they can go home and hop on their XBoxes. They spent all day in school texting to each other and using their iPhones to BS on MySpace instead of learning. Why does a 14 year old need a cell phone anyway?

We need to inspire the next generation. The government should be pumping money into schools and programs that will stimulate and excite kids into learning about science and technology.

We've somehow trained our youth that they're entitled to some kind of handout, and that they don't have to work. They think that they can score some laid back easy job straight out of school and make $120,000 just for showing up.

It's not about making money, it's about benefiting mankind. The government should be looking at how to lower the cost of living so that we don't need $120,000 just to keep our heads above water.

America needs to get smarter, not richer.