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Comet Hartley 2's hyperactive state, as studied by NASA's EPOXI mission, is detailed in a new paper published in this week's issue of the journal Science.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's EPOXI mission spacecraft successfully flew past comet Hartley 2 at 10 a.m. EDT Thursday.
NASA's EPOXI mission successfully flew by comet Hartley 2 at about 7 am PDT (10 am EDT) today, and the spacecraft has begun returning images. Hartley 2 is the fifth comet nucleus visited by a spacecraft.
Exactly one week before the world gets a new look at comet Hartley 2 via NASA's EPOXI mission, observations of the comet by the Arecibo Planetary Radar in Puerto Rico have offered scientists a tantalizing preview.
On Nov 4 at about 10:01 am EDT (7:01 am PDT) the spacecraft will make its closest approach to the comet at a distance of about 700 kilometers (434 miles).
Here are five quick facts about the EPOXI mission, scheduled to fly by comet Hartley 2 on Nov 4, 2010.
Backyard stargazers with a telescope or binoculars and a clear night's sky can now inspect the comet that in a little over two weeks will become only the fifth in history to be imaged close up.
On Wednesday, navigators and mission controllers for NASA's EPOXI mission watched their computer screens their spacecraft successfully performed its 20th trajectory correction maneuver.