Comet Crash

  • Patrick Moore


On July 4th, 2005, one section of NASA’s Deep Impact Probe crashed into the nucleus of a periodical comet, Tempel 1. This was not the first cometary mission – as long ago as 1986, the Giotto spacecraft had flown into the heart of Halley’s Comet – but this was the first collision, and nobody knew quite what would happen. Earth–based astronomers 83 million miles away waited anxiously.


Deep Impact Space Craft Periodical Comet Debris Cloud Express Train 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick Moore
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  1. 1.FarthingsSelseyUK

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