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A Trip To Mars In 39 Days

Ad Astra Rocket Co. is looking forward to launch a plasma-powered rocket that could take astronauts to Mars in a little over a month’s time. The rocket named Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR) is a twin peer of the one being developed for testing aboard the International Space Station. VASIMR uses the technology of radio waves, ionise propellants like argon, xenon or hydrogen, and heat the resulting plasma to temperatures 20 times hotter than that of the solar surface. The rocket uses magnetic fields instead of metal nozzles to control the direction of the exhaust. Read full story from publisher…

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