Deep Impact Site in 3-D
This 3-D image, or anaglyph, shows the region where NASA's Deep Impact mission sent a probe into the surface of comet Tempel 1 in 2005. This picture was taken six years after the Deep Impact collision, on Feb. 14, 2011, by NASA's Stardust-NExT mission, which flew by the comet, snapping pictures along the way.
Red/blue 3-D glasses are required to view this image (the red filter should be over the left eye). Disturbances to the impact site located at the center of the image are subtle.
The diameter of the large crater at the top of the image is about 300 meters (almost 1,000 feet).
Stardust-NExT is a low-cost mission that will expand the investigation of comet Tempel 1 initiated by NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages Stardust-NExT for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. Joe Veverka of Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., is the mission's principal investigator. Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, built the spacecraft and manages day-to-day mission operations.
For more information about Stardust-NExT, please visit http://stardustnext.jpl.nasa.gov .
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell