New Fusion Engine Gets to Mars in 30 Days

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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?"

http://news.discovery.com/space/how-far-to-mars-130409.htm

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

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

http://www.distancetomars.com/

"Mars Oppositions"

http://spider.seds.org/spider/Mars/marsopps.html

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

"How fast can real spacecraft travel?"

http://curiosity.discovery.com/question/how-fast-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"

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/10/nasa_fusion_engine_fast_mars_trip/

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

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

http://www.gizmag.com/mars-fusion-drive/26939/

"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"
http://msnwllc.com/Papers/FDR_JPC_2012.pdf
"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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