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Deep Space 1 was launched on Saturday October 24, 1998, at 5:08 am Pacific Daylight Time. The Boeing Delta 7326 launch vehicle on its first flight appears to have performed well. After a delay of a few minutes from the expected time of initial acquisition at the Deep Space Network in Canberra, Australia, data from the spacecraft showed that it was safe and healthy. Three of the advanced technologies contributed to the successful initial acquisition. In the subsequent six hours, the control team at JPL sent a number of planned commands to configure the spacecraft for early mission operations and to return data to help with a more detailed assessment of its health.
This message was logged in at 2:05 pm PT on October 24, 1998.