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Question Your World: New York to Tokyo in 45 Minutes?

So, who’s up for grabbing lunch in Tokyo today?

Yes, Tokyo, Japan. Well, today this may not be a possibility, but scientists are working on new plane designs that could make this lunch date a distinct possibility. XCOR, a rocket engineering firm, has announced the design of a new suborbital plane called the Lynx. This vehicle would be able to take passengers from New York City to Tokyo in just 45 minutes. Pretty amazing, right? This plane would launch into the sky and reach about 60 miles above the Earth’s surface. This would place the passenger above almost all of our atmosphere.

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by Prabir Mehta, Science Museum of Virginia