SPACE boffins are ready to build a super-fast rocket that could get astronauts to Mars in just 30 days.
Missions to the Red Planet currently involve a FOUR YEAR round trip, but experts say it can be massively slashed.
A research team at the University of Washington has received funding from NASA to undertake the ambitious project.
Scientists and engineers will use fusion technology to power the rocket up to speeds of 200,000mph.
Fusion will be created by 150-ton system which uses magnesium to compress metal bands around a pellet of hydrogen isotopes.
And experts say the method will create fuel 7million times denser than conventional rocket fuel making it much more powerful.
The team say the vessel could be ready to fly by 2020.