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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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Elmendorf AFB

Crash at Elmendorf AFB

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A C-17 cargo plan crashed at Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage Alaska late Wednesday evening. There is no ejection system on the C-17 so it is most likely that anyone on board is lost. Here is the statement that was released by the Air Force. The Anchorage Daily News has much more on the story.

An Air Force C-17 cargo aircraft, assigned to the 3rd Wing at Elmendorf Air Force Base crashed about 6:14 p.m. (Alaska time) today. At the time of the accident, it was on a local training mission.
Four aircrew were on board; their condition is unknown at this time.
First responders are on scene.
A board of officers will investigate the accident.
More information will be released as it becomes available

The plane appears to have gone down in a similar location to where the AWACS plane went down in 1995 imageafter that plane had two of it?s engines struck by birds and killing 24 service members. I was stationed at Elmendorf from ?92 to ?94.

Photo Credit: ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News

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