Deep Space One: Preparing for space exploration in the 21st century
Article first published online: 19 OCT 2006
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 79, Issue 41, pages 493–498, 13 October 1998
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1998), Deep Space One: Preparing for space exploration in the 21st century, Eos Trans. AGU, 79(41), 493–498, doi:10.1029/98EO00367.(
- Issue published online: 19 OCT 2006
- Article first published online: 19 OCT 2006
Later this month, NASA is scheduled to take a revolutionary step with the launch of the New Millennium Program's Deep Space One (DS1) mission. DS1 will fly by asteroid 1992KD in July 1999 and will then be on a trajectory toward comet 19P/Borrelly (see Figure 1).
The target bodies are not what makes DS1 revolutionary, however. NASA has flown missions past comets and asteroids before. Rather, the pioneering role of DS1 is in paving the way for future, even more exciting, science missions by testing a host of new, advanced technologies that are unproven in deep space.