Earth-to-Mars in five months, with a 21-month stopover and a five-month return flight? Yep. Just ask Buzz Aldrin, Ph.D., who points out you can park a couple spacecraft in "cycler" orbits between the two planets and they just keep going and going without any additional thrust.
C'mon, this'd be a gimme for Congress: the GOP gets spaceflight and the Dems get green mass transit, plus building it would be a huge, money-sucking source of pork and patronage jobs. How could they not love it?
Oh, yeah, if the opposition might like it, they're each obliged to loathe it. I forgot just for a second.
All right, then, we'll find a better way -- Mr. Musk? Mr. Allen? Mr. Rutan? Mr. Bezos? Such an opportunity I've got for you!
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