Continuing today on Mars, research is underway to try and find a quicker way to get humans to Mars. Current technology requires about 214 days or 7 months - ouch. But new research efforts in nuclear fusion propulsion are underway at the University of Alabama Hunstville.
If this propulsion research is successful and lead to the ability to manufacture and use such technology, we could get to Mars in 7 weeks! It will be a long road to get from the drawing board to space however but the results and spin off knowledge gained in the process will be useful.
Read More ABout Pulsed Nuclear Fusion propulsion: http://uah.edu/news/items/10-research/2501-slapshot-to-deep-space
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