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Nuclear fusion could power NASA spacecraft


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#1    Althalus

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Posted 23 January 2003 - 01:02 PM

                                                The journey time from Earth orbit to Mars could be slashed from six months to less than six weeks if NASA's idea for a nuclear fusion-powered engine takes off.

The space-flight engine is being developed by a team led by Bill Emrich, an engineer at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. He predicts his fusion drive would be able to generate 300 times the thrust of any chemical rocket engine and use only a fraction of its fuel mass.

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Posted 23 January 2003 - 02:48 PM

                                                Iíve always thought more research needs to be done on nuclear fusion as a means of propulsion, like this article discusses, instead of the nuclear fission we usually hear about.

                                                

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