Doctor Plasma Explains the Universe (Parody)

This is a parody of some over-the-top narrators we know. However, it touches on the subject of more straightforward 25-minute show we’re editing on plasma rockets and the future of spaceflight. In case you’re interested, here’s the introductory section of the script:

The ancients saw them as messages from the Gods… mysterious supernatural winds blowing from the realm of spirits. Modern science linked these polar light shows, auroras, to fierce, and lethal outbursts from the sun as they slammed into Earth’s atmosphere.

Today, researchers from a whole new generation believe they may one day tap into this cosmic energy source… to fuel humanity’s expansion into space. Can this mysterious and explosive form of matter provide the fuel to finally vault us out beyond our home planet?

Since the dawn of rocketry, we’ve relied on the same basic technology to get us off the ground. Fill a cylinder with volatile chemicals… then ignite them in a controlled explosion.

The force of the blast is what pushes the rocket up. Nowadays, chemical rockets are the only vehicles with enough thrust to overcome Earth’s gravity and carry a payload into orbit. But they are not very efficient. The heavier the payload, the more fuel you need to lift it into space. But the more fuel a rocket carries, the more fuel it needs.

For long-range missions, most spacecraft rely heavily on the initial speed gained from the launch, then coast to their destination. To reach distant targets, flight planners often design circuitous routes to give the craft a gravitational boost from the moon or another planet. A small cadre of scientists believes it has a quicker and more efficient way to get around in space.

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