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Plasma Propulsion: A Critical Component to a Successful

Mars Mission

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½ith current rocket propulsion technologies consisting of chemical propellants, it is


evident that plasma propulsion systems have greater advantages when being used for inter-
planetary missions. Missions such as ones going to Mars, emphasize the advantages of using
plasma propulsion systems such as reducing the duration to and from Mars by half. By
reducing the duration of the flight time, it protects the health of the astronauts. In addition,
plasma propulsion offers other advantages in terms of mission planning, ultimately leading
to more flexibility than other propulsion technologies.

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