Topic: "Truckin' with Ion Drive" pinback button (Saturn)
Robert Pearlman Editor
Posts: 33247 From: Houston, TX Registered: Nov 1999
posted 09-28-2015 03:22 PM
The curator of collections and exhibitions at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center in Connecticut contacted cS with this inquiry:
Can you please identify and date a pin? It has a blue background, yellow letters: "Truckin' with Ion Drive" over a two-winged space probe with a yellow drive apparatus over an image of Saturn. It was donated to us by the daughter of a former employee of the Stamford (CT) Observatory.
to-the-stars New Member
Posts: 9 From: Canada Registered: Jun 2009
posted 10-01-2015 03:54 PM
This button commemorates the flight of Deep Space 1 probe — the first NASA spacecraft with electrical-ion motor used for propulsion.
Deep Space 1 was launched on 24 October 1998 and the button was issued around this time. DS 1 carried out a flyby of asteroid 9969 Braille and comet Borrelly.