Structure and Properties of Matter: Ion Propulsion Module (Main Portal)
Topic: Designing Spacecraft
Grade Level: 9-12
Mission: Dawn (Dwarf Planets)
Short Description: This module is intended to engage students and the interested public in the propulsion technology that is necessary for Dawn to complete its mission. As students interact with this module, they will gain an understanding of charges and relative charge, momentum and frames of reference, ionization and plasma, how an ion propulsion system works, and they will experiment with designing an ion engine to determine optimal conditions.