Putting people on planets is an ego trip... most of the time robots make rather more sense and is cheaper.
you are so amazingly wrong dude.. and kvs too.. no offense but you are the most uninformed people in the forum ,about politics and business strategy..and military tactics too.. and so many other things.. that is not even fun.
A nation economy and money goes hand with hand with trust.. with influence ,with leading business.
This is not about Ego ..
About Ego is what Putin is doing bragging about most powerful nukes.. or fastest missiles.. which is scare mongering..
Having business ,that amaze people all around the world , this are like WEAPON OF MASS INFLUENCE.
and no advance business excite more society than Space leadership ,in every area.. from explorations ,to tourism to security.
This is extremely important , because who leads and dominate in space.. will attract the best scientist and engineers in the world.. to work for you.. and those who fail in space ,will get their scientist and engineers abandon ship.. US was able to create an empire ,because its business leadership.. gots a shit ton of foreign scientist including Russians and engineers around the world moved to America.. because they were leading in every area in science and engineering..
so this is not about ego.. but about breaking the western advance business hegemony and creating an alternative system.. to the west. if putin want peace.. he needs to break the influence of the american empire with their business.. Soviet union understood this.. they both tried to compete for space leadership.. problem was soviet did not had a balanced budget and wasted too much in weapons and wasted a ton of money in endless wars.. in the afghan trap ,setup by americans.. that soviet fall on it.. To say space domination is about Ego.. you have to be in complete detachment of reality.. or a major brain Disorder that unable you to reason.
Putin complains that Russia is not respected nation in the world.. and he is the only one to blame
for it.. because he don't do much to break the western system.. he follows the western leadership..
by allowing US business to dominate in the most important influential with society business... only china
is fighting back.. to the western world.. but putin is distracted in the old past tradition and sports.. and develops Russia economy as if was a banana congo republic of africa ,that depends on food ,mining and oil exports its economy.
leading in space ,boost not only flight travels business in space.. but advances thousands of other areas.. in the nation.. and the most important thing.. is that it attract cooperation from other nations.. is like a carrot to a horse.. if Russia was landing in moon and mars with humans today and had bases there , it will invite only nations friendly to Russia to get closer to Russia ,specially in europe and US will become isolated in the world ,if they choose to continue with its sanctions and cold war vs Russia.. without business domination ,the american empire can't exist.. so is not ego.. is about break the american influence in the world.. so to force them to cooperate and abandon its hostilities towards their competition.. because they will cooperate if they benefit from it..