Elizabeth Isakov. Such a space “race”, which was between Russia and the United States half a century ago at the present time, said in an interview with RIA Novosti Director of the Institute of space research Russian Academy of Sciences Anatoly Petrukovich.
“Of course, such a race that was 50 years ago, not by definition. Because then “space race” took away a few percent of the national budget. It was a strain for both the United States and the Soviet Union. Today the space industry, whatever it may be, is substantially smaller share of the total economy. Therefore, such a surge, when the whole country is working to ensure that something flew into space will no longer be”, – he said.
Thus, according to him, “race as a competition, of course, is always there”.
“Space science and space technology in a sense is the hallmark of the country. This is one of the most notable of Sciences. All are interested in life on other planets, when we arrive to the aliens, whether magnetic storms, and when there will be new photos of some beautiful nebula. If we simply send its satellite to Mars, it could be a more powerful weapon in terms of advancement in the world, bringing attention to their country than anything else,” added Petrukovich.