The Deep Impact spacecraft lifted off on-time aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket from pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 1:47:08.574 p.m. EST. Deep Impact successfully completed its mission to investigate Comet Tempel 1.
Tim Puckett earned an inviation to the launch through his participation in the Small Telescope Science Program. You can read about Tim and other amateurs who took part in the project in the NASA article "Small Scopes, Big Impact."
Photos from the launch, Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center
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Deep Impact Mission Status Page
Deep Impact Launch Coverage
Transcript of Countdown
Deep Impact Home Page