The Mars One mission is a one-way ticket to the Red Planet. It’s scheduled for 2023, when the first group of 4 men and women will land on Mars to prepare it for human colonisation. Anastasia has made it to this daring project’s short-list. What draws her towards the fourth planet from the Sun and away from Earth?
Distant space travel is a dream that requires never-ending research, incredible technology, and an imagination to match. But at top Russian institutes, that dream is inching closer to reality. Beyond orbit – on Technology Update.
Russia celebrated Cosmonauts' Day on 12 April in honour of Yury Gagarin's historic flight in space, so we wanted to get into the spirit of things and see what's changed since then. In this cosmic special episode, Russia's latest space capsule promises to make spaceflight more comfortable than ever.
It's Paula Slier's last day reporting from Ukraine. She goes back to an anti-government separatist base under the command of Givi to learn how they see the prospects for the current ceasefire. Meanwhile in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Ilya Petrenko attends a space rocket pre-launch press conference.
Anna and Pavel continue their posting at the military space surveillance station “Okno” in Tajikistan. They combine work with pleasure: stargazing while monitoring the movements of foreign satellites with giant telescopes. It’s all good fun, until the hot climate and altitude start to take a toll on their health.
In this episode, Pavel and Anna travel to Tajikistan, a former Soviet Republic. There, they join Russian soldiers who have been posted to the once-secret space surveillance station “Okno”. Built for the detection and analysis of objects in outer space, the station consists of several so-called “astrotowers” – domes containing powerful telescopes.
We go to Chelyabinsk, where a flaming meteorite streaked across the sky damaging dozens of buildings and injuring people in February 2013. We talk to the witnesses and scientists to find out whether the country should get ready for more such terrifying events.