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Originally posted by Zaphod58
Actually this comet is so far away that it would take a long time before any of it got here. You can't see it with the naked eye, and can barely see it with smaller telescopes from what I've heard. They were saying on the news last night that this is the perfect mission for us to learn what comets are made of so that we can learn how to stop them when they ARE coming towards earth.
Originally posted by mythatsabigprobe
Here's a great site for world timezones so you can all figure out the right time to watch it live.
"The impact is expected to take place at 1:52 a.m. EDT (0552 GMT) on July 4."
Deep Impact's mission control received confirmation that the Impactor had separated from the Flyby mothership at 2:07 a.m. EDT (0606 GMT).
"It went like clockwork. Very good, we're very excited. Deep Impact project manager Rick Grammier, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) here, told reporters. The systems were all nominal and we were within half a kilometer of our target point before release and the release went very well."
Originally posted by Lifeadventurer
It's thoughtful of NASA to hand us the event live, but the quality isn't that great.
[edit on 7/3/2005 by Lifeadventurer]
July 3, Sunday
11:30 p.m. – 3:30 a.m. (July 4) – Deep Impact Commentary (Expected time of impact: 1:52 a.m.)
July 4, Monday
4 a.m. – 5 a.m. – Deep Impact Post-Impact Press Conference - JPL (Interactive Media Briefing)
7 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Deep Impact Live Interviews - JPL (One-Way Media Interviews)