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Xenon-powered Ion Engine

Xenon-powered Ion Engine

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Xenon-powered Ion Engine
An ion engine powered with xenon is demonstrated here inside a test chamber at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. This engine is used on NASA's Dawn mission and a larger version is envisioned for use on the proposed Asteroid Retrieval Mission.

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Original image data dated on or about May 23, 2013

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