We're not really sure whether there is currently, or has ever been, life on Mars. Russia is taking a proactive approach to that whole situation and sending a spacecraft 140 million miles or so to visit the red planet with a cargo of microbial sightseers.
Although Russia's Sputnik launch in 1957 was the country's highlight during the great space race, inspiring amazing accomplishments by NASA, USSR geeks never stopped envisioning a tech-powered future.
Okay, so in Russia he's called the Siberian Snowman. He's also known as Yeti, Sasquatch or the Abominable Snowman. It's a creature of legend — allegedly spotted countless times — but never actually confirmed as real for hundreds of years. With sightings of this tall, hairy and human-like beast on the rise in recent years, this might be about to change.
When a Russian Progress resupply capsule crashed on the way to the ISS last month, the worry was that a design flaw could mean the grounding of the only way to get astronauts to the station. Russia has now identified the cause of the crash, and while it's not a flaw in the design, it's something almost as bad.
Comrades! GPS is now officially much, much better, thanks to the Russians: with their GLONASS global positioning system now online, you'll get the sweet sweet coverage you deserve, even deep in the midst of urban jungles.
That Russian resupply capsule crash from last week is causing more problems than just a lack of Tang for the astronauts on the ISS. If Russia doesn't figure out the problem and fix it faster than you can say "что идет вверх, должно снизиться," the station may get mothballed this winter.
The desire to build a bridge or tunnel between far Eastern Russia and Alaska across the Bering Strait has been around for at least a century, but Russia has apparently decided that now is the time to make it happen. Within 10 years, they say, you'll be able to take a train from the western hemisphere to the eastern hemisphere in under an hour.
Yesterday, Russia's stealthy new fifth-generation jet fighter, the Sukhoi T-50, made its public debut at an air show near Moscow. The T-50 is billed as being more agile than the F-22, which is slightly worrisome for America's new fighters. Or, it would be worrisome, if every last F-22 hadn't been grounded since May due to mechanical problems. USA!
The Russians have been busy. Very busy. So busy, in fact, that they've managed to successfully deploy a radio telescope with an effective antenna width of 220,000 miles right under our very noses. And it's a pretty neat trick, considering that the the entire Earth is only 8,000 miles wide.
You're probably somewhat familiar with Buran, the Soviet take on the U.S. space shuttle. Buran had its one and only launch in 1988, and the program was cancelled in 1993, but the intended capabilities of the vehicle have remained classified. Now, a veteran Cosmonaut has provided some new insights into the program.