New Fusion Engine Gets to Mars in 30 Days

The speed of space travel is about to make a huge leap forward--cutting a trip to Mars from an agonizing eight months to as little as 30 days! This is all thanks to a revolutionary nuclear fusion engine being tested right now. In this DNews video, Trace explains how it works and the impact it'll have.

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"How Far to Mars?"

"How far away would Mars be if Earth were this big?"

"If the Earth were 100 pixels wide..."

"Mars Oppositions"

"Mars Oppositions occur when planet Earth, on its inner orbit, passes between the Sun and planet Mars."

"How fast can real spacecraft travel?"

"While many fictional spacecraft can achieve the speed of light and beyond, the real spacecraft that exist today still rely on conventional propulsion."

"NASA-backed fusion engine could cut Mars trip down to 30 days"

"NASA, and plenty of private individuals, want to put mankind on Mars."

"Researchers developing fusion rocket to slash travel time of Mars missions"

"Traveling through deep space is a hazardous undertaking and choosing the right engine can mean the difference between a fast, successful mission and a slow one with mounting dangers of radiation sickness, equipment failures and personal conflicts."

"Mission Design Architecture for the Fusion Driven Rocket"
"The future of manned space exploration and development of space depends critically on
the creation of a dramatically more proficient propulsion system for in-space transportation."

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