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The Politics of MarsThis paper provides a discussion comparing past and present major accomplishments of the U.S. and the Soviet Union In space. It concludes that the Soviets are presently well ahead of the U.S. in several specific aspects of space accomplishment and speculates that the Soviet strategy ls directed towards sending a man to the vicinity of Mars by the end of this century. The paper briefly reviews a major successful multinational space endeavor--INTELSAT--and suggests that the manned exploration of Mars offers a unique opportunity for another such major international cooperative effort. The paper assesses the current attitude of U.S. leadership and the general public as uniformed or ambivalent about the perceived threat of Soviet dominance in space.
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Acquisition Source
Marshall Space Flight Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Harrison H Schmitt
(Los Alamos National Laboratory Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States)
Date Acquired
September 5, 2013
Publication Date
May 1, 1986
Publication Information
Publication: Manned Mars Missions Working Group Papers: Volume 1, Section 1-4
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Subject Category
Astronautics (General)
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Meeting Information
Meeting: Manned Mars Missions Workshop
Location: Huntsville, AL
Country: US
Start Date: June 10, 1985
End Date: June 14, 1985
Sponsors: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Public Use Permitted.
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