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Just in time for today's Deep Impact press briefing, which you can watch on NASA TV in a few minutes: I've updated my montage of all the asteroids and comets that have been visited and photographed to include Hartley 2.
Looking over the list of planets, moons, and smaller bodies I posted so far, I realized I didn't have an image of a comet yet.
With its mission at Tempel 1 over, the Deep Impact spacecraft has altered its course in order to allow a future mission at another comet.
When Deep Impact crashed into the nucleus of Tempel 1 at 23,000 miles per hour on July 4, it sent a huge, bright cloud of stuff upward and outward from the comet, providing a spectacular image that is already assured a place in the space history books, and may well be seared into the brains of all those who watched the event.
The team has just released a really pretty high-resolution view of Tempel 1 just 67 seconds after the impact.
Here in Von Karman auditorium at JPL, as they get ready for the press conference, they are playing
It looks like the European Space Agency was busy overnight -- lots of great Earth- and space- based images of the impact have been appearing on various websites.
The Deep Impact mission seems to have produced an impact crash beyond the expectations, but not the hopes, of the science team.
Live blog from the press room at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as Deep Impact's Impactor meets its fate at the comet....
I woke this morning to find a press release in my Inbox that said:
NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft is set for its date with Comet Tempel 1.
With four days remaining until Deep Impact crashes into comet Tempel 1, the comet is looming larger and larger in the public view.