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Relate Sites -- Propulsion
September 22, 2010


> Beginner's Guide to Propulsion
This site gives background information on basic propulsion for secondary mathematics and science teachers.

> Reusable Solid Rocket Motor and Solid Rocket Boosters
This site provides details about the shuttle's solid rocket boosters from assembly to refurbishment.

> Nuclear Thermal Rocket Propulsion
Learn about Nuclear Thermal Rockets and how they create thrust in a nuclear reactor.

> Ion Propulsion: Farther, Faster, Cheaper
The ion propulsion system's efficient use of fuel and electrical power enables modern spacecraft to travel farther, faster and cheaper than any other propulsion technology currently available.

> A Gentle Push All the Way to the Stars
Dr. Marc Rayman demonstrates the force of an ion engine.

> Ion Propulsion Interactive
The site explains the basic principles of how Ion Engines work.

> Ion Propulsion: Over 50 Years in the Making
The ion propulsion system on Deep Space 1 is the culmination of over 50 years of development on electric engine systems in space.

> Methane Blast
Learn about methane engines that could eventually be the key to deep space exploration.

> Reaching for the Stars
Scientists examine using antimatter and fusion to propel future spacecraft.

> Space Transportation With a Twist
Learn how high-tech tethers may help to propel spacecraft and satellites into higher Earth orbits, and beyond.

> Solar Sails Could Send Spacecraft 'Sailing' Through Space
NASA could soon travel through space with the use of gigantic solar sails - some as large as a football field.

> Sailing Among the Stars
Researchers are moving closer to sailing among the stars using a "solar sail" that will test NASA's ability to deploy a massive but fragile spacecraft from an extremely compact structure.

> Far-out Pathways to Space: Solar Sails
Learn how solar sails rely on the pressure of sunlight for propulsion.

> Measuring Up to a Solar Sail
Learn about solar sail propulsion system designs that NASA is testing.

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A rocket engine is fired during a test at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
The word propulsion is derived from two Latin words: pro, meaning before or forwards, and pellere, meaning to drive. Rocket propulsion systems produce the thrust that pushes the rocket forward.
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