A crewed mission to Mars may be more practical thanks to a new rocket concept developed by Fatima Ebrahimi, a physicist at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), that uses magnetic fields to generate thrust.
Looks good so far…
…although it’s just a computer simulation right now and the magnetic thruster model hasn’t even been built yet.
Ah, well, just repurpose an existing ion thruster, right?
Hmm. I’m not a rocket scientist, but.. 🚀
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Astronauts on a trip to Mars would be
exposed to very high levels of radiation which can cause serious long-term health problems such as cancer and sterility. Radiation shielding can help, but it is extremely heavy, and the longer the mission, the more shielding is needed. A better way to reduce radiation exposure is to simply get where you are going quicker.
Hmm. So putting them in a ship with a giant nuclear fission reactor is safer?
I think somebody may want to come up with a backup plan…
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