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Astronomers ready for comet-smashing mission

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posted on Dec, 15 2004 @ 11:34 AM
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Nasa is launching a mission to study to break through the outer core of a comet.It is called the Deep Impact Launch and is set for January 12th.There is so much unknown about comets that this study should be fascinating. The composition alone has been speculated over for decades.

NASA and university astronomers are eagerly awaiting the launch of a space probe bound to collide with a comet and give researchers a glimpse inside the solar systemís icy wanderers.

www.msnbc.msn.com...

The Deep Impact mission, will send two spacecraft on brief spaceflight to Comet Tempel 1, where an "Impactor" payload will slam into the object while its mothership, "Flyby," looks on.

The mission is expected to last a few month. There is only a short window of time for this launch. They have until 1/28/05 so we will know by then if they got off in time.If not there are about 6 other comets they could target if this window is missed,




posted on Dec, 15 2004 @ 11:37 AM
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