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NASA EPOXI Flyby Reveals New Insights into Comet Features
11.05.10
 
 
NASA's EPOXI mission spacecraft successfully flew past comet Hartley 2 on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010. Scientists say initial images from the flyby provide new information about the comet's volume and material spewing from its surface. EPOXI is an extended mission that uses the already in-flight Deep Impact spacecraft.


Interview Excerpts RT: 00:35
Michael A'Hearn, EPOXI Principal Investigator, University of Maryland, College Park
Ed Weiler, NASA Associate Administrator
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For more information: http://www.nasa.gov/epoxi

Michael A'Hearn, EPOXI Principal Investigator, University of Maryland, College Park

Cut 1 - 00:07 - “The engineers did a fantastic job of getting us data, now we have to make sense of it to advance the science.”
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Michael A'Hearn, EPOXI Principal Investigator, University of Maryland, College Park

Cut 2 - 00:12 -“The comet Hartley will have increased our knowledge of how comets work by at least three Hartley’s.  The Hartley is a real unit of information, and three Hartley’s is about a factor of ten.”
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Ed Weiler, NASA Associate Administrator

Cut 3 - 00:16 - “What you saw today wasn’t virtual, it wasn’t the computer simulation, it was real.  It was the Earth seeing this comet close-up for the first time in history.  That’s fun, science can be fun, just as much fun as a computer game, but probably a lot more important to our society.”
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