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This new rocket thruster is powered by space junk

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Oct 05, 2016 01:05 AM
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by Cat DiStasio last modified Oct 04, 2016

What do Australia, space junk, and the journey to Mars have in common? Well, that sort of remains to be seen. Over the next year, the International Space Station will be testing rocket propulsion technology developed by an Australian team that is fueled by space debris and could—someday—help us get to Mars. This new innovation centers on an ion thruster that could replace current chemical-based rocket propulsion technology. Since it is designed to make use of abundant space junk as a fuel source,...






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