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The Deep Impactor is safely on its way!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2005/07/03 08:49 CDT

I woke this morning to find a press release in my Inbox that said: "One hundred and seventy-one days into its 172-day journey to comet Tempel 1, NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft successfully released its impactor at 11:07 p.m. Saturday, Pacific Daylight Time," or 06:07 UTC.

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Deep Impact On Course for Comet Crash; Mission Is Already Producing Science Returns

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2005/07/01 04:42 CDT

NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft is set for its date with Comet Tempel 1. "We are going to hit a bullet with another bullet while watching from a third bullet," said Charles Elachi, the head of JPL.

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Deep Impact encounter minus 3 days

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2005/07/01 11:45 CDT

OK, I'm in...I arrived at an unusually empty Jet Propulsion Laboratory this morning in advance of the first Deep Impact encounter press conference.

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Changes to the Deep Impact encounter timeline

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2005/06/30 05:13 CDT

A reader has pointed out that JPL has changed their online press kit for Deep Impact, which was my primary source material for the encounter timeline.

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News: All of Earth's Eyes Are on Tempel 1 as Deep Impact Zeroes In on Comet...

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2005/06/29 02:20 CDT

With four days remaining until Deep Impact crashes into comet Tempel 1, the comet is looming larger and larger in the public view.

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Heads up: the Deep Impact encounter is coming up!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2005/06/28 10:56 CDT

Less than a week remains before the Deep Impact mission is set to meet its fate at Tempel 1. A mission like this has been a dream for planetary scientists for a long time.

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