Scientists Find a Cheaper Way to Travel to Mars

December 24, 2014 10:57 AM

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Mathematician Edward Belbruno says he's made calculations using ballistic capture to bring spacecraft to Mars more cheaply and safely.

The cost of sending a spacecraft to Mars can exceed hundreds of millions of dollars. A large portion of that cost is directly related to the heavy and expensive rocket fuel a spacecraft must carry to slow itself down once it gets to its target destination such as Mars.

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