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Crazy Engineering: Ion Propulsion for the Dawn Mission

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Ion propulsion might sound like science fiction, but engineers at NASA are using it to drive NASA’s "Dawn" spacecraft through the solar system. Learn how ion propulsion works and why it is the reason "Dawn" will be the first spacecraft ever to orbit two solar system bodies beyond Earth. Part of the “Crazy Engineering” series.

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Runtime: 4 minutes

Crazy Engineering
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Grade Level: 7 - 12
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