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Deep Impact on the Pad
Deep Impact on the Pad
10 Jan 2005
(Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

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D.C. Agle (818) 393-9011
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Calif

Dolores Beasley (202) 358-1753
NASA Headquarters, Washington,

George H. Diller (321) 867-2468
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

January 10, 2005


NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft is scheduled to launch on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005, at about 10:48 a.m. PST (1:48 p.m. EST). Liftoff will occur aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket from Pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), Fla.

A prelaunch press conference will be held at NASA's Kennedy Space Center News Center at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST) on Tuesday, Jan. 11. The briefing and the launch will be carried live on NASA TV.

Participants in the prelaunch briefing:

- Orlando Figueroa, Director, Solar System Exploration Division NASA HQ, Washington
- Omar Baez, NASA Launch Director/NASA Launch Manager, KSC
- Kris Walsh, Director of NASA Programs, Boeing Expendable Launch Systems, Huntington Beach, Calif.
- Rick Grammier, Deep Impact Project Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
- Monte Henderson, Deputy Program Manager Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation, Boulder, Colo.
- Joel Tumbiolo, USAF Delta II Launch Weather Officer 45th Weather Squadron, CCAFS

A mission science briefing immediately follows, with:

- Dr. Tom Morgan, Deep Impact Program Scientist, NASA HQ
- Dr. Mike A'Hearn, Deep Impact Principal Investigator, University of Maryland
- Dr. Jay Melosh, Co-Investigator, University of Arizona, Tucson
- Dr. Lucy McFadden, Co-Investigator, University of Maryland

Launch coverage on NASA TV begins Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 8:30 a.m. PST (11:30 a.m. EST) and concludes approximately one hour after launch. NASA TV is available on the Web and via satellite in the continental U.S. on AMC-6, Transponder 9C, C-Band, at 72 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. In Alaska and Hawaii, NASA TV is available on AMC-7, Transponder 18C, C-Band, at 137 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 4060.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz.

For NASA TV information and schedules on the Internet, visit: .

KSC is responsible for managing the launch, and JPL is responsible for mission management. Delta II launch service is provided by Boeing Expendable Launch Systems. Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation built the spacecraft for NASA.

For more information about the mission, visit: or

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Last Updated: 12 Jan 2005