IMAGE is the first scientific mission of the century for Delta rockets , said Darryl Van Dorn
, Boeing director of commercial and NASA Delta programs.The IMAGE mission is a continuation of a 39-year partnership with NASA , he
noted.Delta rockets have carried 82 scientific and technology development payloads into orbit or beyond.
The principal investigator for the IMAGE mission , Southwest Research Institute
, contracted Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space to build the spacecraft.