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Pulsed plasma thrusters use the same stuff that’s on your frying pan to make spacecraft zoom around the universe. And they’ve been doing it since the 1960s.

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Sources:
https://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/about/fs23grc.html
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Images:
https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/details.cgi?aid=11636
https://images.nasa.gov/details-KSC-20160908-RV-GMM01_0003-OSIRIS_REx_Launch_Broadcast_Ground_ISO-3126827.html
https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_2416.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zond_2#/media/File:Zond_2.jpg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulsed_plasma_thruster#/media/File:SchematiclayoutofaPulsedPlasmaThruster.png
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