NASA’s Record-Breaking “Sci-Fi” Ion Engine — “On the Horizon: Manned Missions to Mars In Weeks” (A ‘Galaxy’ 2017 Most Viewed)

 

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An advanced space engine in the running at NASA to propel humans to Mars has broken the records for operating current, power and thrust for a device of its kind, known as a Hall Thruster, one of three Mars engine prototypes currently in development, that uses electric and magnetic fields to ionize gases like xenon and expels the ions to produce thrust, a much cleaner, safer and more fuel efficient than traditional chemical rockets, but with relatively low thrust and acceleration.

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