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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The Ed Show

As I mentioned last week, radio personality Ed Shultz has joined the lineup of MSNBC political prime time commentary shows.

I watched the first show tonight after i got home from work. I have to say that Ed still has a lot of polishing to do. He seemed a tad nervious and unsure with the cameras. I’m sure that he will quickly wrap that up and have a fairly decent show.

The only other issue I have with Ed is that he appears to be a lot more partisan than I am used to seeing on MSNBC. Sure Olbermann and Maddow are fairly liberal hosts with their shows on MSNBC but they do a fairly decent job of keeping it reigned in. Ed lets it all hang out, which may be exactly the type of show he is wanting to put out. I’m not sure I will be an avid follower of the show becuase of it. That and he hits the air waves at 5:00pm here in Iowa, which means that he is on generally during the time right after I get home from work and rarely have the TV on.

Collin Powell

Rachel Maddow showed several segments of an interview with Collin Powell last night. I thought it was very interesting.

Here she asks him what he thinks of the GOP Budget alternative that was put out yesterday. A transcript of the interview and other clips can be found here. I am currently reading through the GOP budget proposal and hope to have my take on it out this weekend.

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