Design of a rapid transit to Mars mission using laser-thermal propulsion

  title={Design of a rapid transit to Mars mission using laser-thermal propulsion},
  author={Emmanuel Duplay and Zhenan Bao and Sebastian Rodriguez Rosero and Arnab Sinha and Andrew J. Higgins},
  journal={Acta Astronautica},

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