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The Deep Impact Impact onto Tempel 1 as witnessed by Hubble

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The Deep Impact Impact onto Tempel 1 as witnessed by Hubble This photo was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope at 07:20 UTC on July 4, 2005, 28 minutes after the Deep Impact Impactor spacecraft crashed into the comet. The fan-like cloud of gas and dust extends about 1800 kilometers from the nucleus.

NASA, ESA, P. Feldman (JHU) and H. Weaver (JHU/APL)

Tempel 1 as seen by Hubble, a minute prior to impact (July 4, 2005 at 05:51 UTC)

NASA, ESA, P. Feldman (JHU) and H. Weaver (JHU/APL)

Tempel 1 as seen by Hubble, a minute prior to impact (July 4, 2005 at 05:51 UTC)
Tempel 1 as seen by Hubble, 19 minutes after impact (July 4, 2005 at 06:01 UTC)

NASA, ESA, P. Feldman (JHU) and H. Weaver (JHU/APL)

Tempel 1 as seen by Hubble, 19 minutes after impact (July 4, 2005 at 06:01 UTC)
The comet's brightness increased by a factor of 4, and the cloud of gas and dust around the nucleus spread out to about 200 kilometers wide.

Original image data dated on or about July 4, 2005.

Most NASA images are in the public domain. Reuse of this image is governed by NASA's image use policy.

 

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