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Here's the title of a recent article on Space.com. "High-Tech VASIMR Rocket Engine Could Tackle Mars Trips, Space Junk and More"
They talk about the V.A.S.M.I.R. as if it's new technology; but it's not new, it's been around for about 30 years. If we had've developed the technology and used it we could be out farther than Voyager by now. Chang Diaz and Ad Astra are just now going to be testing the technology on the ISS soon.
Why the baby steps? Why take so long to do something? Why are TPTB still talking about V.A.S.M.I.R. like it's an emerging technology even after almost 30years? I know the initial Space Race was because of the Colr War, but over the years we've learned that there are so many benefits to Space exploration, far too many benefits to list in this post.
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I won't elaborate, but if you would allow yourself to seriously study the history of UFO phenomena on this planet, and the story of the English hacker Gary McKinnon, and the fairly recent reports of the strange black triangles seen around the US and the UK for the last couple of decades, then, just maybe, you could gain a perspective that is far and away from what you have been told to believe about space exploration and the equipment used.
I must repeat as I have done constantly: The space shuttle was discontinued after a service life of about thirty years and they didn't have a replacement. Why would that be the case when the US has been the leader in the "space race" since before the Soviet Union fell apart. Did we simply give up and let Japan, India and china take up the reins, or do we have something better in full operation?
Individual asteroids within the asteroid belt are categorized by their spectra, with most falling into three basic groups: carbonaceous (C-type), silicate (S-type), and metal-rich (M-type)