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Artist's concept of the Deep Space 1 spacecraft.

Launched on October 24, 1998, NASA's Deep Space 1 was an engineering test flight for a dozen new technologies, including highly-efficient ion engines and autonomous navigation software. Asteroid 9969 Braille was a bonus science target. DS1's primary mission was a resounding success. All 12 technology tests were successful.

Image Number: PIA04242
Date: December 1, 2002

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