Ion thruster development

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Electric propulsion is set to become the main way to propel commercial spacecraft. The technology was developed by NASA in 1964, then subsequently abandoned by the US space agency, although used by Russia on hundreds of missions. Do you know when NASA used it again after the development program?

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