To Mars and Back in 80 Days

February 10th, 2009

In 1873 Jules Verne published the novel “Around the World in 80 Days“, in which an English Gentleman attempts to circumnavigate the Earth on bet. At the time the story was taken as simple fiction.

In 1889 Nellie Bly actually succeeded in making the trip and did it in just 72 days.

Today the Space Shuttle can make the trip in about 90 minuets.

A new plasma based rocket engine system, named Vasimr, has just recently been approved for testing on the ISS in 2012. The new engine could make it possible to travel to Mars in as little as 39 days, making around trip voyage of less than 80 days.

could we finally be on the Brink.

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And We’re Back.

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Good Morning Campers!

Well, its morning at least. The good part is still up for debate. At least with the elections over and I start watching TV again. I don?t generally watch a lot of TV these days thanks to Hulu but it was frankly getting painful to even watch the morning news there in the last days before the election. The ads are probably the thing I dislike the most about political campaign cycles.

But that is all over now and we can get back to seeing ads for things like car insurance and Pepto Bismol. Nothing cleans out the TV tubes better after a nasty negative political campaign season than a good old fashioned diarrhea medicine commercial. Kind of fitting if you ask me.

Back in Washington the President has returned from his trip to Asia, where he visited India, Indonesia, and Korea. Just before the trip ?Conservatives? latched onto a false report that President Obama?s stop in India was going to cost about $200 million dollars a day. Of course why would Glen Beck or anyone else do any actual follow-up to double check sources that could prove the allegation untrue. Fox News should probably change its tagline from ?Fair and Balanced? to ?Never let the truth spoil a good story.? Fortunately the rest of us with even a minimum amount of credibility have folks like Fact Check.org to help us with some verification.

Here at home in Iowa, state Republicans who have taken control of the State House and the Governor?s office are gearing up to take on the fight to add bigotry and discrimination to our state constitution.

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