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On December 13, 2001, one week before the Deep Space 1 spacecraft was retired, some former and present members of the DS1 team gathered to say farewell to the remarkable craft.
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Something Old, Something New...
News story originally written on January 4, 2002

The Deep Space 1 mission is over! It was a very successful mission. It tested new space exploration technology. It also flew by an asteroid and a comet. It took some really good pictures of both!

Has the Yohkoh spacecraft mission also come to an end? We'll have to wait and see! The Japanese spacecraft has been experiencing problems since mid-December. The trouble was started by an eclipse of the Sun. Even if the Japanese space program can't get Yohkoh out of trouble, the mission can be counted as a great success. For 10 years, Yohkoh has been looking at how the Sun affects the Earth.

Two new missions have recently been chosen by NASA: Dawn and Kepler. Dawn is a spacecraft that will study two of the largest asteroids in our solar system, Vesta and Ceres. Kepler is a telescope that will search for Earth-like planets around nearby stars. Both missions are scheduled for launch in 2006.

Last modified January 3, 2002 by Jennifer Bergman.

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