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Plasma Beam Could Make 90-Day Mars Trip Possible

Posted on Thursday, 21 October, 2004 | Comment icon 7 comments

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"Advocates of a propulsion idea for spacecraft claim that it would enable a 90-day round trip to Mars."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Magnet on 21 October, 2004, 15:22
Very intresting news. Too bad that it will be around in 5 years. I hope they find some life in Mars sometime. Wasn't in Mars where they found water? Water means life, right?
Comment icon #2 Posted by Skela on 21 October, 2004, 19:23
They found evidence of water in the past. Water could mean life. And yeah they will find life on Mars some day, it's just a question of time.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Boff on 21 October, 2004, 19:28
Wow, that sounds awsome!
Comment icon #4 Posted by AztecInca on 22 October, 2004, 6:00
Well if they can master this technology and get it to work correctly and efficently for when we finally send a manned misson to mars, then it would be a gerat idea!
Comment icon #5 Posted by Dowdy on 22 October, 2004, 7:30
Project leader Robert Winglee of the University of Washington estimates that a control nozzle 32m wide would generate a plasma beam capable of propelling a spacecraft at 11.7km/second. well, space craft and satelites go around the Earth at 7km a second
Comment icon #6 Posted by LucidElement on 23 October, 2004, 8:02
that is interesting, our technology is really flying these days.. but they need to slow down!!! before we really have a problem!!!
Comment icon #7 Posted by OrangeOrb on 23 October, 2004, 9:59
sweet.. i wish my ford tempo could go that fast! haha

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