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.
"As in past years, the Golden Globes proved that studios are far less concerned about entertaining people than they with indoctrinating them. Last night’s awards were a celebration — not of America’s values, but of Hollywood’s. Projects like The Kids Are All Right, Black Swan, Glee, and others were rewarded for pushing the cultural envelope or advancing a liberal political agenda. That may be how Hollywood defines ‘success,’ but it certainly isn’t how audiences do. Neither of those films cracked the top 49 in last year’s box office. In fact, The Kids Are All Right, which is the story of two lesbians raising a family, came in 113th in ticket sales. Toy Story 3, last year’s box office winner, made 21 times more money than Kids did. What’s more, Toy Story 3‘s $415,004,880 was more than all four R-rated nominees for Best Picture combined! Audiences want to be inspired and uplifted. They don’t want to spend two hours covering their kids’ eyes and ears." – Family Research Council Tony Perkins, via a press release which notes that he didn’t even watch the show.