European Moon-shot motor is a gas

Brown, Julia
July 2003
Engineer (00137758);7/25/2003, Vol. 292 Issue 7632, p6
Reports on the planned launch date of Smart-1, the first European mission to the moon. Completion of flight-readiness tests in early July 2003; Mission's testing of solar-electric propulsion technology; Use of electricity produced by solar panels to ionize heavy gas atoms which propel the spacecraft forward.


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