Russian officials revealed a “spacecraft of the future” that they believe can transport humans to Mars.
It’s not clear when it will launch.
"A person should not spend more than a year or two in space," said Vladimir Koshlakov, the chief of the Keldysh Center. "Nuclear-powered spacecraft will allow a relatively fast journey, and, most importantly, a return flight.”
He added: "This technology has special [significance] for interplanetary flights and research of far planets."
Koshlakov said he believes that with the engine, it would take about a half-year to get to Mars. "[The journey] to the Moon will last several days, yes, while a flight to Mars will last about seven or eight months," said Koshlakov, Fox reported.
“Elon Musk is using the existing tech, developed a long time ago,” he also noted. “He is a businessman: he took a solution that was already there, and applied it successfully. Notably, he is also doing his work with help from the government.”