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Deep Space 1 is prepared for launch
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Abstract: Workers in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility check out Deep Space 1 to prepare it for launch aboard a Boeing Delta 7326 rocket in October. The first flight in NASA's New Millennium Program, Deep Space 1 is designed to validate 12 new technologies for scientific space missions of the next century. Onboard experiments include an ion propulsion engine and software that tracks celestial bodies so the spacecraft can make its own navigation decisions without the intervention of ground controllers. Most of its mission objectives will be completed within the first two months. A near-Earth asteroid, 1992 KD, has also been selected for a possible flyby.
Publication Date: Sep 17, 1998
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(Acquired Aug 02, 2006)
Document Type: Photograph
Publication Information: Shuttle Photo & Video Archive - NASA KSC
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