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Originally posted by markygee
I recently visited nasa as a tourist and there was an ex appollo 11 engineer available for questions. While discussing how little I know about science he said that when he retired last year (laid off) his dept was working on a propulsion system that could already travel to mars in 9 days. When he saw my amazement and I began asking how and why weren't we using it already he quickly said that he only meant the actual distance not the journey itself. He specified that in reality it would still take 18 months to send humans to mars due to getting the planetary alignment right and he jokingly (I think) added that they would need to recruit Eskimo's as they still hadn't found a reasonable way to keep warm in such deep cold the further they got from earth.
So I thought ok.
Then later I got a calculator and worked out that if mars is at it's very closest to earth it would be 38 million miles away so to do that journey in 9 days would mean traveling at 259, 259.259259259 miles an hour. IF he was telling the truth then this prepulsion system is incredible. Does anyone think this can be remotely feasible? If it existed why bother with humans at all? Just lob drones/rovers and camera's at mars instead.
On a side note for the new age pyramid is power believers I noticed that the best way of preserving the moon rock on display at nasa appears to be encased in a pyramid.edit on 5/17/2013 by benevolent tyrant because: to correct spelling in thread title.