Deep Impact Spectra: Carbonate, PAHs and Some Amino Precursors in Comet Tempel I

Left: NASA illustration of Deep Impact's impactor just before hitting Comet Tempel I on July 4, 2005. Right: Actual cratered surface of Comet Tempel I ninety seconds before the impactor smashed into the fluffy ice at 23,000 mph. Photograph courtesy NASA.
Above: NASA illustration of Deep Impact's impactor just before hitting Comet Tempel I on July 4, 2005. Below: Actual cratered surface of Comet Tempel I ninety seconds before the impactor smashed into the fluffy ice at 23,000 mph. Photograph courtesy NASA.

Moment of impact on potato-shaped Comet Tempel I at 10:52 p.m. PDT, July 3, 2005 / 1:52 a.m. EDT, July 4, 2005. Image by NASA, ESA, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab.
Moment of impact on potato-shaped Comet Tempel I at 10:52 p.m. PDT, July 3, 2005 / 1:52 a.m. EDT, July 4, 2005. Image by NASA, ESA, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab.

August 12, 2005  College Park, Maryland - This week geologists, chemists, physicists and planetary scientists from around the world gathered at the 9th International Asteroids, Comets and Meteors Conference in Brazil. One of the presentations was by Carey Michael Lisse, Ph.D., Prof. of Physics at the University of Maryland, and member of the Deep Impact Science Team. Dr. Lisse is Principal Investigator of Deep Impact spectral results from the Chandra X-Ray and Spitzer telescopes.

 

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