New, Cheaper Trips To Mars

December 24, 2014 8:06 AM

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According to a new report published in Scientific American, scientists have discovered a cheaper way to get to Mars. At present, a trip to the red planet is a very time-consuming, very expensive endeavor. Mathematicians Edward Belbruno and Francesco Topputo have worked out a route that essentially takes advantage of Mars’ own motion.

Their new method is named ballistic capture. It is said to be a cheaper, faster method of transporting humans to Mars than the current method– the Hohmann transfer. Ballistic capture cuts back on both costs and fuel usage and could provide NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) wit...

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