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TED Ed: Will future spacecraft fit in our pockets?

In this TED Education animated video short, we are presented with the ion drive and a future of smaller spacecraft – making for a cheaper and more efficient way of exploring space. When you picture a rocket, you might imagine a giant ship carrying lots of fuel, people and supplies. But what if the next …

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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Crazy Engineering | Ion Propulsion and the Dawn Mission

Ion propulsion isn’t something found only in science fiction. JPL engineer Mike Meacham looks at how ion engines are being used to drive NASA’s Dawn spacecraft through the solar system. Dawn is approaching dwarf planet Ceres in the main asteroid belt with arrival expected in March 2015. Previously, Dawn orbited Vesta, the second-largest body in …

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