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Subject: What is the future of ion engines?

Date: Mon Sep 13 17:47:58 1999
Posted by Brian Trudeau
Grade level: undergrad School: No school entered.
City: Westfield State/Province: MA Country: USA
Area of science: Physics
ID: 937259278.Ph

I read an article recently in Popular Science about Deep Space 1 and was 
in awe of the ion engine.  Previously I never heard of it.  I have since 
done some independant research on the subject but would like to ask the 
experts: is it feasible to create a device that generates enough power to 
run an ion engine on the surface of Earth?  Will we someday be able to fly 
around in an ion-powered car?

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