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24-Jun-99 | Delta flight 271 – FUSE

NASA’s FUSE spacecraft is now in orbit, thanks to the flawless and on-time launch of Delta 271. The 7320-10C vehicle lifted off on 24 June from Cape Canaveral’s SLC-17A at 11:43:59.879 a.m. EDT and deployed its payload about 76 minutes later. The terminal count was incredibly smooth and only suffered a 5 minute delay thanks to the Cape’s usual suspect — a boat in the debris impact zone. Following solar panel deployment, FUSE Project Manager Dennis McCarthy said that the flight was “a joyful ride” and called Delta II “the best way to get there.” FUSE will provide high-resolution spectroscopy in the far ultraviolet range of the spectrum, never before possible, allowing scientists to address fundamental questions about the chemical evolution of the Universe.

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