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Russians Going to Gulag Instead of Mars

MOSCOW – The
Russian president threatened to punish those responsible for the
country's recent space failures, which included the botched launch of a
Mars probe earlier this month.

Dmitry Medvedev warned that the space
officials responsible could face heavy fines or even criminal penalties,
the Ria Novosti news agency reported.

"The latest failures [in the space industry]
seriously harm Russia's competitiveness," he said. "This means that we
need to conduct a serious analysis and punish those responsible."

Russian space agency Roscosmos faced several mishaps over the past 11 months.



Last December, a rocket failed to put three
Glonass-M satellites into orbit, costing the state 4.3 billion rubles
($138.1 million).

Several space officials were fired after
another mishap in February, in which a booster rocket carrying a
military satellite failed to launch.

There were a further two space mishaps in
August -- a rocket lost a prized satellite designed to provide digital
TV and secure government communications, and a week later, a malfunction
prevented a cargo spacecraft from reaching orbit. Its debris fell in
south Siberia.

Earlier in November, Roscosmos admitted that
it had given up hope of regaining contact with the Mars probe
Phobos-Grunt, which was placed in the wrong orbit after a botched
launch, and feared that it might crash back down to Earth in January.
The European Space Agency later announced it had established some
contact with the probe.Published November 27, 2011
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Added: Nov-27-2011 Occurred On: Nov-27-2011
By: joe prole
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Tags: Russia, Space Program, Mars Program, Gulag
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  • He threatened to send them to hell !!

    That is to say, stay where they are...

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  • Typical gangster government. Why would anybody want to take the risks necessary to achieve technological advancement in a country run by thugs who threaten to punish any engineer or scientist who fail? Typical communist blockhead mentality. Looks like every cultural flaw that caused the USSR to fail still exists in the Russian leadership caste.

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  • Stay away from that Vodka..

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  • Too much Russian technology in their Mars probe.
    Needed more Lego technology.

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  • Clearly Medvedev needs a course in motivational speaking. Matt Foley would make a better impression then this.
    America put men on the moon by picking the best people, triple checking everything and rewarding progress. People who couldn't make the grade were not punished, because there's absolutely no point in any kind of science or high tech program! It was just recognized that some people don't have what it takes when it came down to it and they were either re-assigned or fired, not sent to More..

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  • Well if their space program sucked already its gonna be a hell of a lot worse now... I don't imagine the smartest people in the field will jump to the opportunity to work for a gov. that will punish failure criminally. Very motivating haha

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  • If Stalin was alive then we already got occupied whole solar system. Medved only talks shit about all this punishments and measures. Pre-election clownade. Billions are stolen everywhere and he cant do a thing about it.

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