The Deep Impact mission is going to a comet. A small spacecraft is going to Comet Tempel 1. The spacecraft will make a small crater. Another spacecraft will take pictures. We hope to find out what is inside the comet.
You can make your own model of a comet using things you have at home.
What you need:
Here's what you do:
- One sheet of paper
- Two long strips of shiny filler for gift bags
- One 2-inch strip of tape
- One drinking straw (not a bendy straw)
- Blow dryer
- One marker
- Adult helper
Adapted from Paper Comet Model with a Deep Impact
- Cut slits in the paper from each corner leaving a space in the middle (like the drawing).
- Lay the strips across the paper over the slits to make an "X."
- Put a piece of tape across the "X" to hold the strips on to the paper.
- Crumple the paper into a comet shape. Make sure that your strips stay on the outside.
- Use the scissors to poke a hole through the comet.
- Push the straw into the hole.
- Hold the comet by the straw.
- Use a hairdryer to show how the Sun's energy makes parts of the comet blow off to a tail. (Let the adult plug the dryer into the socket.)
- Here is something you can do with a friend. He or she can be the Sun. Walk around the Sun holding the comet. The Sun's energy should blow on your comet as you walk.
- See how the tail moves as you get closer to the Sun.