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Astrochemistry

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What kind of fuel is used to power a spacecraft?

The space shuttle Endeavor, which made its final space voyage in September of 2012, used primarily hydrogen, oxygen, hydrazine (N2H4), monomethylhydrazine (CN2H6), and nitrogen tetroxide (N2O4) as fuels. As it took off for a space voyage, the spacecraft would carry 835,958 gallons of these fuels with a total weight of roughly 1.6 million pounds!



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