Deep Impact Hits Target
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
Video release: 05-109
After 172 days and 268 million miles of deep space travel, NASA’s Deep Impact spacecraft successfully reached out and touched comet Tempel 1. The collision between the coffee table-sized space probe and city-sized comet occurred July 4 at 12:52 a.m. CDT. Comprised of images taken by the targeting sensor aboard the spacecraft’s impactor probe, this movie shows the spacecraft approaching the comet up to just seconds before impact.
Deep Impact’s principal investigator, Dr. Michael A’Hearn of the University of Maryland in College Park, is responsible for the Deep Impact mission, and project management is handled by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. The program office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., assists the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington with program management, technology planning, systems assessment, flight assurance and public outreach. The spacecraft was built for NASA by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation of Boulder, Colo. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/UMD)
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