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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Weather

Snowpocalypse 2011

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It took me almost 3 hours to shovel out my driveway this morning; and just as I was almost done, the handle on my snow shovel broke. It could be worse I suppose. This is a picture of Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. It’s eerily similar to some of the scenes from the movie, Day After Tomorrow.

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The Groundhog might be right

Outside my office window right now? Blasted Groundhog.

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