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Deep Impact's last images

Emily Lakdawalla • May 27, 2014

Today I received an email notification of new public releases of some image data sets. I always love seeing new public space image data, but this notification was bittersweet: it included the first public release of the very last image data returned to Earth by Deep Impact, of a distant comet ISON.

The Deep Impact Mission is officially over

Emily Lakdawalla • September 20, 2013 • 1

Efforts to regain contact with Deep Impact have been ended. The last contact with the spacecraft was on August 8, 2013.

Still no contact with Deep Impact

Emily Lakdawalla • September 10, 2013 • 4

Oh, that dreaded phrase, "mission status report." It sounds so neutral, but it almost always means bad news. In this case, it's really bad: Deep Impact is not communicating with Earth.

Deep Impact in trouble: last heard from August 8

Emily Lakdawalla • September 04, 2013

Communication with the Deep Impact spacecraft was lost some time between August 11 and August 14. The team has determined the cause of the problem, and is trying to figure out how to restore communication.

Interplanetary eyes on the lookout for comet ISON

Daniel Fischer • August 09, 2013

Space blogger Daniel Fischer provides a preview of the exciting interplanetary observing campaign that has recently begun to study comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) from vantage points across the solar system.

New Deep Impact Hartley 2 data set

Emily Lakdawalla • May 03, 2013 • 7

Just messing around with a recently released processed version of the Deep Impact Hartley 2 data set.

Pretty picture: a moon transit

Emily Lakdawalla • February 21, 2013 • 5

A reader comment inspired me to dig up an oldie but a goodie: a sequence of photos of the Moon transiting Earth, seen from a very long way away,

Venerable Deep Impact spacecraft has photographed comet ISON

Emily Lakdawalla • February 05, 2013 • 6

Deep Impact has made the first space-based observations of comet ISON.

My ever-popular asteroids-and-comets montage, now in color, with bonus Toutatis

Emily Lakdawalla • December 18, 2012 • 9

My collage of all the asteroids and comets visited by spacecraft is probably the single most popular image I have ever posted on this blog. I've now updated it to be in color and to include Toutatis.

Deep Impact targets possible 2020 asteroid flyby

Emily Lakdawalla • October 05, 2012 • 3

Yesterday, Deep Impact performed a trajectory correction maneuver, firing its thrusters to line up for a flyby seven years from now. Here's a preview of that encounter.

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