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‘The Martian’ Misses Out on a Faster Way to Mars (Op-Ed) –

October 7, 2015

The plot of “The Martian” centers on the isolation of Mark Watney from supply ships that would take years to arrive — but using ballistic capture, argues Ed Belbruno, help would have been on the way months earlier, if not already in place.

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There is what is possibly a better way to get to Mars than what we have used until now (the Hohmann transfer trajectory). Why not use it?

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