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.
Yesterday on CNN?s The Situation Room, former first lady Laura Bush, defended President Obama?s speech to students that he will give later today. She told Zain Verjee,
I think that there is a place for the President of the United States to talk to school children and encourage school children, and I think there are a lot of people that should do the same, And that is encourage their own children to stay in school and to study hard and to try to achieve the dream that they have.
Also this morning, Newt Gingrich spoke on the Today show. While he criticized the Presidents Health Care plan, and made a comment that makes sense to me about the bill (I will talk more about it later), he did say that he read the speech that was posted by the White House and hoped that every American school child could see it.
H/T: Below the Beltway