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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Star Trek

Enterprise

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32 years ago today NASA unveiled the very first Space Shuttle OV-01. While originally slated to be named Constitution (It?s unveiling occurring on the anniversary of the signing of the US Constitution which in 2004 was named Constitution day) it was renamed to Enterprise after a massive write in campaign by fans of Star Trek. Gene Roddenberry and most of the cast of the Original Series were on hand.

After the break is a composite picture of all of the Ships named Enterprise.

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Star Trek Wins Big

image $76.5 million in it?s opening weekend. While it still has yet to make back it?s estimated $150 million dollar budget, it has been seen as a big success and huge boost to the 40 year old franchise. The movie ratings web site Rotten Tomatoes gave Star Trek a 95%.

The movie promises a fast pace, and lots of action and it solidly delivers on both. I saw the movie Thursday night at a special screening, as a large number of Iowa theaters were allowed to open it a day early. In an early screen where we see the Young James Kirk speeding down a dusty road in an old car, up in the corner of the screen the word ?Iowa? appears, letting everyone know the name of the place, and the entire theater broke out in cheers and applause.

From start to finish I loved the adventure. It was new and exciting and I think Abrams did a good job. While there are certainly bits and pieces of the story that interfere with the canon of 10 previous movies and 5 TV series, I have to admit I?m looking forward to where the story goes next. It?s rumored that Paramount has all ready given the green light for Star Trek XII and it is known that the cast originally signed on for the possibility of three movies. I wouldn?t mind seeing the Gorn on the big screen, but since it?s an alternate time line just about anything can happen.

Star Trek

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I?m heading out to a special screaming Thursday night for Star Trek. I?ve been a fan since probably before I could walk, thanks to my Mother and our nightly watching of Star Trek and MASH re-runs when I was a kid! I?m really looking forward to the movie, the 11th in the franchise.

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