July 4, 2005

"A jet-black, pickle-shaped, icy dirt ball traveling at 6.3 miles per second."

That was Tempel 1 -- 83 million miles away. And we hit it with an impactor launched from Deep Impact.
At those speeds, impactor had to be in the right place at the right time to intercept the speeding snowball.

"It's a bullet trying to hit a second bullet with the third bullet," Rick Grammier, Deep Impact project manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in June.

And Deep Impact filmed the brilliant explosion and sent the pictures home.



Amazing! Spectacular! Beautiful!

5 comments:

Troy said...

Now that's the kinda stuff NASA should be doing. Make us quake in awe, excitement, anticipation, etc.

Maybe we can send clones (or perhaps Ted Kennedy -- he's pickled enough for suspended animation) to Mars or Titan!

Satchel said...

Are you sure it is traveling 6.3 mps or . . .
Is it standing still and we are running away at 6.3.msp???
Hmmmmm.

Bill F. said...
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Bill F. said...

Of course, if you believe in astrology as deeply as Prof. Althouse doesn't, there's another spin on Deep Impact, found here:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200505/s1362134.htm

jeff said...

Hopefully there wasn't any damage to the "Take the Cult Home" spaceship following this comet...