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.

Nasa Web Site

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2010

Jib Jab 2010 Review

These just get funnier every year.

PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year

‘A Government take over of health care.’

But as Republicans smelled serious opportunity in the midterm elections, they didn’t let facts get in the way of a great punchline. And few in the press challenged their frequent assertion that under Obama, the government was going to take over the health care industry.

PolitiFact editors and reporters have chosen “government takeover of health care”

I’m not sure I totally agree with them, mainly because I would attribute this lie to 2009 and the summer of rage, but I suppose its right up there with a lot of them.

I think that the claim that the new health care law provides viagra for rapists probably ranks a little higher on my gauge.

There is also the lie put out by Gen. James Amos, that allowing gays to serve openly in the military would cause them to suffer higher causalities due to “distractions”. If I was a marine I would be wondering if the general just suggested that they were all pent up closet cases, just waiting for a release valve to open. Of course the hate group, Family Research Council has latched on to this and is spreading it around in an attempt to get their sheep to donate more cash.

And then finally, the lie I would call the lie of the year, is that Republicans are the party of fiscal responsibility or that they are interested at all in doing anything about the national deficit. When you pass a bill giving tax breaks to everyone, even people that don’t need it, and don’t accompany those tax breaks with real spending cuts, and just their fake earmark ban, then they don’t care about the deficit, because they just added to it.

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