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article imageMaking it to and back from Mars may be possible in the future

By Owen Weldon     Apr 9, 2013 in World
Researchers at the University of Washington are working on creating a fusion-powered spacecraft that could theoretically bring people to Mars and back in 30 days.
According to PC Magazine, scientists believe that it may be possible using current technology.
NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts Program is funding the project. MSNW, a space propulsion company based in Redmond, Washington, is also involved in the project. The University of Washington said that the project aims at exploring a unique manipulation of nuclear fusion. If the technology works, then costs associated with such trips will be reduced, and the health risks humans face on such trips will also be reduced.
According to TechHive, in order to compress a pellet of deuterium-tritium the fusion rocket would use strong magnetic fields. A fusion reaction would ignite, which would result in a massive explosion, and the engine would allow the spacecraft to reach speeds of around 200,000 mph.
According to SlashGear, as of now,using chemical rocket fuel, it would take about 4 years to make it to Mars and back.
NASA has not sent anyone to Mars yet.
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