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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Gommer’s Pile – Introductions

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You see that short green fellow standing there on the deck of what’s left of a boat? No; not the one in the purple shirt, the other one; yeah, that one. That’s me, and I’m getting a dressing down by Trade Prince Gallywix because the idea of tossing exploding bananas at monkeys just seemed lame to me and I made the mistake of actually flappin my lips while everyone else just ran off like nuts looking for a squirrel.

As I was standing there listening to Gallywix yell, “If you’re not here to make me money kid, then you’re not here” I quickly began to realize that this little unplanned pleasure cruise to the Lost Isles meant that the life I’d known in Kezan was over and done with like last week’s newspaper.

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