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iCandy: March 2010

IEEE Spectrum's monthly slideshow proves that a picture is worth a thousand bytes

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Photo: Michael Stravato/AP Photo
The people in this image are actual rocket scientists making preparations to test the Ad Astra Rocket Co.'s VASIMR rocket engine inside a vacuum chamber. VASIMR is part of a class of rockets that use electromagnetic waves to turn gas into plasma propellant. The amount of thrust can be adjusted to suit the requirements of a particular mission.
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