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IN-SPACE PROPULSION TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW
  Innovative space transportation systems now in development by NASA and its partners promise a new era of scientific discovery in space. But the struggle to unlock the secrets of our solar system presents unique new challenges. Central among them: faster access throughout the solar system, and the ability to rendezvous with, orbit and conduct in situ exploration of planets, satellites and other solar system bodies.

This is the objective of NASA’s In-Space Propulsion Technology Program: to develop in-space propulsion technologies that can enable or benefit science at new destinations; to significantly reduce the time, cost and mass required for spacecraft to reach their destinations - in other words, to "Get More Science Sooner". Accomplishment of this objective will allow mission planners to shift their focus from the difficulty of the journey to the science challenges at the destination. To read more about the planned missions of the Science Mission Directorate, click HERE.

   
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  NASA's Ion Engine Breaks Performance Record
  An ion engine prototype developed at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, has now accumulated more than 12,000 hours of operation and processed over 245 kilograms of xenon, setting a record for most propellant throughput ever demonstrated by an ion engine.

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