Deep Impact's comet crash
Filed under pretty pictures, animation, amateur image processing, comet Tempel 1, Deep Impact
This animation shows the first minute of the evolution of the impact plume that blasted off of comet Tempel 1 following the Deep Impact Impactor spacecraft's crash. It consists of 30 frames from the Flyby craft's high-resolution imager, which suffered from a blurring problem. Images were only moderately deconvolved to reduce this blur (the primary idea was to show plume evolution, not nucleus details; deconvolution increases noise in otherwise smooth areas without really bringing out detail) and slightly processed to bring out plume details.
NASA / JPL / UMD / animation by Gordan Ugarkovic
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Original image data dated on or about July 4, 2005