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23-Oct-04 | Deep Impact arrives in Florida

NASA’s Deep Impact probe arrived at the Florida Spacecoast on 16 October. It was transported by specialized semi truck from Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colorado, and is now in a cleanroom environment at the Astrotech Space Operations facility near the Kennedy Space Center. There it will undergo pre-launch processing and then be mated to the Star 48 third stage of its Delta vehicle.

Deep Impact is scheduled to launch in late December, and on 4 July 2005 it will fire an 820-pound copper projectile into comet Temple 1 to watch the ejecta and analyze the comet’s composition.

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