Deep Impact. For Real.

By on January 1, 2005

This Summer the guys at NASA get to have a little fun. Sometime this month they’ll be launching an unmanned spacecraft called Deep Impact. The craft will travel about 268 million miles, park in a safe spot, and launch the Impactor (sounds like another movie title!) which will collide with Comet Tempel 1 on July 4.

If all goes as planned — they’re 99 percent sure it’ll work — the Impactor will knock a divot out of Tempel 1, which will help NASA scientists learn more about the composition of comets.

This should be great. The mothership will have a ringside seat for the collision and a bevy of cameras and instruments to send lots of data and some great pictures back to Earth.



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