December 23rd, 2014
06:12 PM ET

Can man create a sun?

Tune into the latest GPS special, ‘Moonshots,’ on CNN this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET.

The sun is 27 million degrees Fahrenheit and4.6 billion years old. So what if we could somehow bring this blazing ball of energy down to Earth to power our world?

Fareed hears from Ned Sauthoff, who is leading the U.S. contribution to the 35-nation ITER project that is hoping to pull off one of the most audacious feats of physics ever witnessed: creating a star.

Watch the video for more.

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Topics: GPS Show • Space

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  1. rupert

    Why doesn't wal greens sell peach cobbler???
    That's what I want to know.

    December 27, 2014 at 6:49 pm |
  2. Joni

    Yes. I see where banasy is very careful not to reply to certain posts you make Philip. And only replies to one out of a dozen. She is probably married to a nigg er in Chicago.

    December 27, 2014 at 6:53 pm |
    • Philip

      Ya don't say. Stupid biatch her.

      December 27, 2014 at 8:11 pm |
      • banasy©

        My husband would be shocked to know he suddenly changed races.

        That's all right.

        I'll stay married to the finest man on earth, regardless.

        December 28, 2014 at 12:18 pm |
  3. Philip

    Donna banasy is stupid. Care to debate?

    December 27, 2014 at 7:05 pm |
  4. Ralph

    We do not use that kind of language .
    Thank you.

    December 27, 2014 at 7:59 pm |
    • Philip

      BS. We use it all the time. Grow some eyes, dipshat.

      December 27, 2014 at 8:09 pm |
    • Philip

      Bunch of freaking Ralph. You are worse than bobsnot2u, in so many ways, yet subtle where bobscat is obvious.

      December 27, 2014 at 8:16 pm |
      • banasy©

        You can't hold a candle to bobcat, so why don't you stop with your silly chest-beating comparisons, mmmkay?

        December 28, 2014 at 12:24 pm |
  5. Philip

    It's not that I don't like her. It's that I freaking hate her,

    December 27, 2014 at 8:13 pm |
  6. Philip


    December 27, 2014 at 8:17 pm |
  7. Philip


    December 27, 2014 at 8:17 pm |
  8. Observer

    Them guys in the white jackets should come and pick you up! Real soon! And put you in a rubber room because there is something very wrong with you phillip!

    December 27, 2014 at 10:20 pm |
    • Philip

      Shut up and debate me, Observer. You are the crazy person believing official versions of news stories. Not me.

      December 28, 2014 at 10:41 am |
  9. bobcat2u

    The one man minstrel show continues. And it is really beginning to get funny. Here we have a man who claims to be mature, but uses the elementary school tactics of name calling and taunting to get another to respond in the negative. Doesn't say much about the mental stability of a person. But if you feel the need for it, go for it. I can guarantee most of us have grown beyond that level. Have a good one.

    December 28, 2014 at 12:58 pm |
  10. Richard Hartman

    Fareed got it wrong about the mass production of integrated circuits. I was not NASA that started the ball rolling on reducing the cost and increasing the complexity of integrated circuits, but rather the mass production of Minuteman missiles, their Launch Facilities, Launch Control Facilities and the associated test and support equipment. The first Minuteman went on alert in October 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and just over a month after Kennedy's Moon speech. Production of Minuteman started well before President Kennedy's speech.

    December 28, 2014 at 1:18 pm |
    • Hwang

      Hmmm... Not very clear about Sramjets either. These won't have pilots, won't transport humans, and can't land safely. They simply are a weapons delivery system that can move the delivery of an A-bomb from about 24 hours flight time to 2-4 hours from the USA to anywhere in the world.

      January 1, 2015 at 7:47 am |
  11. pbinca

    This discussion of fusion power is "dead on arrival" unless it goes into the stark environmental is radiation biosafety going to be built into the reactor, and all the containment materials and wastes produced? How is the heat waste going to be disposed of? Does heat waste make claims of "unlimited" energy supply sound naive?

    December 28, 2014 at 10:42 pm |
    • Howard

      In Europe we were not allowed to see the Fusion Energy story told by my friend Ned Sauthoff because of CNN policies, nor is the podcast available (if CNN is reading this, please do something about it!!!). In any case, pbinca, you are confusing nuclear FISSION – which indeed does suffer many problems you indicate – with FUSION, which is a very, very different ball game. With FUSION there is virtually no waste product (the main one is helium, like gas for balloons), there is NO possibility of a runaway reaction or meltdown, there are NO greenhouse or toxic gases, there is NO terrorist interest (nothing to steal, like plutonium or uranium), etc. FSUION is complex, but we are nearly there – and when we are, WOW! Anyone wanting further info, please contact

      January 9, 2015 at 8:01 am |
      • Howard

        Oops! Please excuse the typo FSUION is wrong – FUSION is correct!!

        January 9, 2015 at 8:04 am |
  12. Observer

    Phillip, what is there to debate? You're nuts! No way to debate something that is painfully obvious to anyone that has the misfortune in comming in contact with you! Get some help!

    December 29, 2014 at 1:11 am |
    • rupert

      There's only one L in Philip's name, Obserrvverr.

      December 29, 2014 at 9:44 am |
      • banasy©

        Thought you said you never steal anyone's username, Philip.

        December 29, 2014 at 10:37 am |
      • banasy©

        And banasy is spelled b a n a s y; further, Chrissy is spelled C h r i s s y.

        But don't let your outrage at someone spelling your name in a manner that is common get in the way.

        December 29, 2014 at 2:57 pm |
      • South Park Jimmy

        Jimmay. Jimmay?

        December 29, 2014 at 6:32 pm |
      • banasy©

        Philip. Philip.

        December 29, 2014 at 9:30 pm |
      • Howard

        And of course there's only on "v" in Observer, n'est pas?

        January 10, 2015 at 1:06 pm |
  13. Observer

    Sorry rupert, i wasnt aware of that thank you for pointing it out. My eyesight isn't what it used to be. I do hope he is behaving today though.

    December 29, 2014 at 10:40 am |
  14. Observer

    Oh? So that was philip and not rupert who corrected me? And while CORRECTING me which by the way was an honest mistake on my part, managed to spell MY name wrong intentionally? You philip, are an even bigger dirtbag than i gave you credit for!

    December 29, 2014 at 3:43 pm |
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    Lmao good catch @ Howard!

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    It's outrageous.
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  18. alan Charney

    Will using the hydrogen in the ocean use up the hydrogen in the ocean and destroy it? Will the by product of the fusion be helium and will that pollute our atmosphere?

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