Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Beam Me to Mars

"A typical Mars mission would begin as Earth and Mars are approaching the point of closest alignment as they progress in their orbits, with the Earth slightly behind Mars. A conventional rocket first launches the target spacecraft into orbit around Earth. The Magbeam station would fire a plasma beam at the target spacecraft for about four hours, giving it a boost toward Mars. The spacecraft coasts to Mars in about 50 days, after which another station in orbit around Mars fires a plasma beam at the spacecraft to slow it down." (Via CP.)

Still want to go the slow way? No problem!

Scientists discover clue that may turn Sleeping Beauty into a life saver

"By successfully inducing a state of reversible hibernation in mice, scientists have managed to make a mammal hibernate on demand for the very first time."

1 comment:

W.M. Bear said...

We're there, dude!