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At the moment we are building a "balloon" here in of Mars It's going to collect information about the conditions on the planet . I hope that this infomation will allow us to prepare for the landing better .
YS: When will the " balloon" be ready ?
It's almost ready now. Our technicians are testing all the components in the next few months . Then we're launching it next year.
YS: Why Mars ?Is it because there might be life there?
In the next few months we're concentrating on the balloon. But we plan to bring back large samples of Martian soil later on. We'ew going to date them and analyse them . Then, in the not too distant future , i hope we eill be able to day: "This sample of soil is 800 milion years old and we can see bacteria in it . This is a sign of life."
YS: Do you think man will ever be able to actually live on Mars?
Perhaps. American scientists are already working on this.