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Boeing's Delta II rocket is bathed in light as it awaits its destiny hurling NASA's Deep Space 1 into space.

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Photographed at Launch Complex 17, Cape Canaveral Station, just after midnight on launch day, Boeing's Delta II rocket is bathed in light as it awaits its destiny, hurling NASA's Deep Space 1 into space. 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, 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: Boeing's Delta II rocket is bathed in light as it awaits its destiny hurling NASA's Deep Space 1 into space.
  • Location: Kennedy Space Center, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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