Wednesday, March 3, 2010

To Mars In 39 Days

An artist's impression of VASIMR - a rocket that may cut down the
travel time to Mars to just 39 days. Credit: NASA

From Cosmos/AFP:

WASHINGTON: A journey from Earth to Mars could eventually take just 39 days - cutting current travel time nearly six times - according to a rocket scientist who has the ear of U.S. space agency NASA.

Franklin Chang-Diaz, a former astronaut and a physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, says reaching the Red Planet could be dramatically quicker using his high-tech VASIMR rocket, now on track for liftoff after decades of development.

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