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2006-10-31 12:35:02

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The surviving portion of the Deep Impact space probe that watched as its other half smashed into a comet on July 4 is being sent on a mission to study another comet. NASA announced Tuesday that it has accepted a proposal by the University of Maryland, which developed and manages Deep Impact, to send the vehicle on an extended mission to intercept Comet Boethin. Researchers hope information gathered from Boethin will help further the understanding of how comets formed...

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2005-07-19 20:20:00

LOS ANGELES -- NASA is considering an encore for its Deep Impact spacecraft, which made history earlier this month when it smashed a hole in a comet to study its frozen primordial core. While the space agency has not approved a specific future mission, it gave scientists at its Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena the go-ahead to bring the spacecraft closer to Earth's orbit for a potential mission extension. "We're trying to maintain as many options as we can," Andrew Dantzler, the...

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2005-07-08 21:30:00

JPL -- Data from Deep Impact's instruments indicate an immense cloud of fine powdery material was released when the probe slammed into the nucleus of comet Tempel 1 at about 10 kilometers per second (6.3 miles per second or 23,000 miles per hour). The cloud indicated the comet is covered in the powdery stuff. The Deep Impact science team continues to wade through gigabytes of data collected during the July 4 encounter with the comet measuring 5-kilometers-wide by 11-kilometers-long (about...

2005-07-04 22:53:32

By Gina Keating PASADENA, Calif. (Reuters) - A spectacular collisionbetween a spacecraft and a comet has freed a huge plume ofprimordial material from the comet's nucleus that could unlockthe secret of how life arrived on Earth, NASA scientists saidon Monday. The first images returned from the Deep Impact fly-byspacecraft showed a small fireball followed by a much larger,incandescent flash that engulfed one end of the comet Tempel 1as the impactor smashed into its surface at 1:52 a.m. EDT...

2005-07-04 12:41:36

By Nichola Groom and Nigel Hunt PASADENA, Calif. (Reuters) - A NASA spacecraft collidedwith a comet half the size of Manhattan late on Sunday night,creating a brilliant cosmic smashup that capped a risky voyageto uncover the building blocks of life on Earth. "We hit it just exactly where we wanted to," said DonYeomans, a scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory inPasadena. The spectacular collision, 83 million miles away fromEarth, unleashed a spray of below-surface material...

2005-07-03 21:19:52

By Gina Keating PASADENA, Calif. (Reuters) - The Deep Impact spacecraft hassuccessfully deployed its coffee table-sized "impactor" intothe path of a comet in the final stage of a mission to tracelife on Earth to its celestial origins, NASA scientists said onSunday. The impactor was on track to collide with the Tempel 1comet at 10:52 p.m. PDT on Sunday (1:52 a.m. EDT, 0552 GMT onMonday), as Deep Impact's fly-by spacecraft, watching from asafe distance, captures images and data with its...

2005-07-04 05:18:47

By Nichola Groom and Nigel Hunt PASADENA, Calif. (Reuters) - A NASA spacecraft entered therisky home stretch of its 268 million-mile voyage to crash intoa comet on Sunday, performing its final maneuvers in a missionto uncover the building blocks of life on Earth. The Deep Impact spacecraft successfully deployed its coffeetable-sized "impactor" into the path of comet Tempel 1 Saturdayevening, and was on track for a 10:52 p.m. PDT (1:52 a.m. EDT,0552 GMT on Monday) smashup, scientists at...

2005-07-01 21:57:50

By Nichola Groom PASADENA, Calif. (Reuters) - A NASA spacecraft is "healthyand ready" for its July 4 collision with a comet and hasalready provided images critical to understanding the buildingblocks of life on Earth, officials said on Friday. While still roughly 1.5 million miles from its target, thefast-moving Deep Impact craft is on track for its Saturdayrelease of a coffee-table sized impactor that is expected toblast a stadium-sized crater into comet Tempel 1. "Both the fly-by and...

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2005-07-02 00:20:00

JPL -- NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft continues to sail through its final checkout, as it hurtles toward comet Tempel 1. Impact with the comet is scheduled for 1:52 a.m. EDT, July 4 (10:52 p.m. PDT, July 3). "The time of comet encounter is near and the major mission milestones are getting closer and closer together," said Rick Grammier, Deep Impact project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. "After all the years of design, training and simulations, we are where we...

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2005-06-28 18:45:27

JPL -- NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft observed a massive, short-lived outburst of ice or other particles from comet Tempel 1 that temporarily expanded the size and reflectivity of the cloud of dust and gas (coma) that surrounds the comet nucleus. The outburst was detected as a dramatic brightening of the comet on June 22. It is the second of two such events observed in the past two weeks. A smaller outburst also was seen on June 14 by Deep Impact, the Hubble Space Telescope and by ground based...


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