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A Boeing Delta II (7326 rocket hurls Deep Space 1 through the morning clouds after liftoff.

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A Boeing Delta II (7326) rocket hurls Deep Space 1 through the morning clouds after liftoff, creating sun-challenging light with its exhaust, from Launch Complex 17A, Cape Canaveral Air Station. The first flight in NASA's New Millennium Program, the spacecraft is designed to validate 12 new technologies for scientific space missions of the next century, including the ion propulsion engine. Propelled by the gas xenon, the engine is being flight-tested for future deep space and Earth-orbiting missions. Other onboard experiments include software that tracks celestial bodies so the spacecraft can make its own navigation decisions without the intervention of ground controllers. Deep Space 1 will complete most of its mission objectives within the first two months, but will also do a flyby of a near-Earth asteroid, 1992 KD, in July 1999

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  • Title: A Boeing Delta II (7326 rocket hurls Deep Space 1 through the morning clouds after liftoff.
  • Location: Kennedy Space Center, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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