Rocket powered by nuclear fusion could send humans to Mars

April 8th, 2013 § 0 comments

This is the kind of innovation we are going to need before humans will able to travel beyond the moon.

The research team has developed a type of plasma that is encased in its own magnetic field. Nuclear fusion occurs when this plasma is compressed to high pressure with a magnetic field. The team has successfully tested this technique in the lab.

Only a small amount of fusion is needed to power a rocket – a small grain of sand of this material has the same energy content as 1 gallon of rocket fuel.


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