Tags: US | SCI | Comet | Encounter

Deep Impact Spacecraft Readies for Comet Encounter

Tuesday, 26 Oct 2010 08:24 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A NASA spacecraft is about to have another close look at a comet.

Next week, the Deep Impact spacecraft is set to pass within 435 miles of a half-mile-wide comet named Hartley 2. It will use its telescopes and other instruments to examine the surface and record gas outbursts.

Five years ago, Deep Impact created cosmic fireworks when it released a probe into comet Tempel 1. The resulting collision gave scientists their first glimpse of a comet's interior.

The spacecraft was tapped for another mission to rendezvous with comet Hartley 2. Since September, it has been taking images of its target.

The flyby on Nov. 4 will be the fifth time that a comet has been viewed close up.

___

Online:

Comet mission: http://epoxi.umd.edu/

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Atheist Sues After New Jersey Rejects License Plate

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 22:31 PM

Shannon Moran, of Maurice River Township has filed a lawsuit against the state Motor Vehicle Commission, saying it viola . . .

South Carolina Mayor Fires Lesbian Police Chief

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 22:20 PM

A South Carolina mayor fired his 20-year veteran chief of police, who is a lesbian, reportedly declaring in a recorded p . . .

Discovery Channel Everest Jump in Doubt After Deadly Avalanche

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 22:12 PM

The Everest Jump Live special that Discovery Channel had planned for May 11 is in question following a deadly avalanch . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved