The ion drives produce electronically charged particles that can damage components without proper protection. Photo: Handout The ion drives produce electronically charged particles that can damage components without proper protection. Photo: Handout
The ion drives produce electronically charged particles that can damage components without proper protection. Photo: Handout
China science

How China’s space station could help power astronauts to Mars

  • The Tiangong’s core module is set to become the first crewed vessel powered by ion drives – a technology that could slash journey times to the red planet
  • The thrusters have been in use since the 1970s, but China hopes to develop them on a much larger scale for its deep space missions

Topic |   China science
The ion drives produce electronically charged particles that can damage components without proper protection. Photo: Handout The ion drives produce electronically charged particles that can damage components without proper protection. Photo: Handout
The ion drives produce electronically charged particles that can damage components without proper protection. Photo: Handout
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