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New Fusion Engine Could Mean Mars Trip in 30 Days

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April 15, 2013
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A new fusion engine being developed by scientists at the University of Washington with funding from NASA could make all other forms of space travel obsolete. The new engine would allow space travel at unprecedented speeds while being cheaper and it would require less raw material. The quicker travel time means astronauts would spend less nights sleeping in a zero-gravity environment, like Chris Hadfield recently showed in a video from the International Space Station.


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NASA 360: Stories of the Solar System: Mars

NASA 360: Stories of the Solar System: Mars

NASA (July 12, 2013) — Caleb: It turns out what we discover ends up leading us to new questions. Molly :The Mariner 4 mission was the first to take us to mars, and in doing so, changed everything we thought we knew about the red planet. Dr. Jim Garvin: There is this mystery of Mars. Mars is unavoidably special. Dr. Nicky Fox: The red planet, it's so often visible in the sky that, you know, you feel like it's just over there. Dr. Ralph McNutt: Mars has been subject of a lot of speculation for a long number of years.
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This Week @ NASA, August 2, 2013

This Week @ NASA, August 2, 2013

NASA (Aug. 2, 2013) — DC CELEBRATES CURIOSITY HQ @MarsCuriosity MSL Control Room at Mars Landing: Touchdown confirmed, were safe on Mars. (applause) Celebration, when the Curiosity Rover safely found the surface of Mars on August 6, 2012 and celebration this week on Capitol Hill as NASA and members of Congress mark the one year anniversary of the Martian landing and showcase the ways the rover is helping us get to know Mars.
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Dating Younger Rocks

Dating Younger Rocks

NASA (Dec. 9, 2013) — Hi I'm John Grotzinger. I'm the project scientist for Mars Science Laboratory mission and this is your Curiosity Rover Report. Curiosity's got some great new findings. We've been able to find a place on Mars where we can actually date a rock. That means we don't have to have astronauts to bring them back to Earth like we did back in the 1960's. We simply drill the rock, put it into the instrument and its able to give us the age at which time the rock formed. One of the big things that Curiosity is trying to do is explore and find organic carbon on Mars.
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Manned Mission to Mars? Hedgehogs May Go First

Manned Mission to Mars? Hedgehogs May Go First

Reuters (Feb. 27, 2013) — American entrepreneur, Dennis Tito, says he wants to launch a manned mission to Mars in January 2018, but researchers at NASA and Stanford University argue that it may be better to visit the mysterious Martian moon, Phobos first. They're developing a team of robots they call "hedgehogs" to explore Phobos in the belief that a trip to the Martian moon will make a subsequent mission to Mars safer and more productive.
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