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.
A 6.0 quake in Mineral, Virginia that was felt as far away Burlington, Vermont has prompted a precautionary evacuation of the US Capital and the Pentagon in Washington DC. The quake has also triggered evacuations and closures up and down the Eastern seaboard including the Holland Tunnel, the control towers at JFK and Newark Airports. CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell tweeted that Secret Service was rushing people out of the White House.
This quake come not long after a 5.3 quake hit Colorado, it’s strongest quake since 1967. The two are not connected.
Update: MSNBC.com Report