Developing a Plasma Thruster in Costa Rica
A plasma rocket might be the propulsion technology that sends humans to Mars
If we ever want to send humans to Mars and beyond, we'll need some new ideas in spacecraft propulsion. Ad Astra, the brainchild of former astronaut Franklin Chang-Diaz is betting on plasma engines. The plasma inside can reach temperatures of 1 000 000 K, so right now the engineers are working to prevent the engine from melting itself.