NASA “Deep Space” Craft Will Hit Comet On July 4, 2005

Left: Deep Impact lifted off at 1:47:08.574 PM ET from pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, bound for  Comet Tempel 1. Image courtesy NASA. Right: Arrow points to Comet Tempel 1 photographed on December 11, 2004, by Observatorio de Begues, Spain. The plan is to blow a hole in the comet on July 4, 2005, to see what it's made of. Image from Observatorio de Begues.
Left: Deep Impact lifted off at 1:47:08.574 PM ET from pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, bound for Comet Tempel 1. Image courtesy NASA. Right: Arrow points to Comet Tempel 1 photographed on December 11, 2004, by Observatorio de Begues, Spain. The plan is to blow a hole in the comet on July 4, 2005, to see what it's made of. Image from Observatorio de Begues.

January 13, 2005  Cape Canaveral, Florida - Yesterday, scientists were gathered at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to watch the lift off of humankind's very first effort to physically look inside a comet in our solar system. The spacecraft is called "Deep Impact." It's goal is to create some icy fireworks on July 4th this year when it literally blows a hole in a 5-mile-diameter comet named Tempel 1.

 

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