Scientist eyes 39-day voyage to Mars

(AFP) — A journey from Earth to Mars could soon take just 39 days, cutting current travel time nearly six times, a rocket scientist who has the ear of the US space agency NASA has said.

Former astronaut Franklin Chang-Diaz, a physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, says reaching the Red Planet could be dramatically quicker using his high-tech VASIMR rocket — now on track for lift-off after decades of development.

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PID COMMENT: 39 days, eh? What a curious number…

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