Scientist eyes 39-day voyage to Mars – Yahoo! News

WASHINGTON AFP – A journey from Earth to Mars could soon take just 39 days — cutting current travel time nearly six times — according to a rocket scientist who has the ear of the US space agency.Franklin Chang-Diaz, a former astronaut and a physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT, says reaching the Red Planet could be dramatically quicker using his high-tech VASIMR rocket, now on track for lift-off after decades of development.The Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket — to give its full name — is quick becoming a centerpiece of NASA’s future strategy as it looks to private firms to help meet the astronomical costs of space exploration.

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