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Ion thruster

Ion thruster

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Ion thruster
An ion thruster emits a glowing stream of xenon during a test firing. BepiColombo’s Mercury Transfer Module will use 4 of these thrusters, powered by solar panels spanning 30 meters, to take the spacecraft from Earth to Mercury.

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