• NASA wants to use the sun to power future deep space missions

    10 days ago - By Technology Review

    In August 2022, a NASA probe called Psyche will set out to explore a giant metallic asteroid called Psyche 16, to help scientists learn more about how planets form. The way Psyche reaches its target, though, will be different from typical NASA missions.
    Building on technology used in previous missions, including Dawn and Deep Space 1 , solar power will help propel Psyche into deep space. If that proves successful, it could be the start of a new era of using more fuel-efficient probes for both space exploration and commercial missions.
    Traditional spacecraft rely on chemical reactions...
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