Saturday, October 16, 2004
It had to happen sooner or later.
A new means of propelling spacecraft being developed at the University of Washington could dramatically cut the time needed for astronauts to travel to and from Mars and could make humans a permanent fixture in space.So I guess Star Trek-type travel is just around the corner. Scotty better get to work on those engines (I kinna do it Captain!) because warp-drive engines are the next step, right? I wouldn't mind. I've often thought it would be great to have a transporter system on Earth. Need something from the store? Beam in and out in ten minutes. No more gas lines. No more driving in nasty weather. Ah, paradise!
In fact, with magnetized-beam plasma propulsion, or mag-beam, quick trips to distant parts of the solar system could become routine, said Robert Winglee, a UW Earth and space sciences professor who is leading the project.
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