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NASA-backed fusion rocket aims for human Mars mission

Sharon Gaudin | April 9, 2013
Scientists at the University of Washington are working on a rocket that they say could enable astronauts to reach Mars in just 30 days.

"I think everybody was pleased to see confirmation of the principal mechanism that we're using to compress the plasma," Slough said. "We hope we can interest the world with the fact that fusion isn't always 40 years away and doesn't always cost $2 billion."

The university's rocket project is funded by NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts Program.


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