Photos: Probe, comet send fireworks for the 4th

Photos: Probe, comet send fireworks for the 4th

Summary: NASA probe Deep Impact arrived on time for its explosive rendevous with comet Tempel 1.

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  • The approach

    Traveling at 23,000 miles per hour, a NASA spacecraft called Deep Impact successfully collided with comet Tempel 1 at 10:52 p.m. PT, July 3. This is what the probe saw sixty seconds before crashing. The picture was taken by the probe's impactor targeting sensor.

  • Six seconds to impact

    This image shows comet Tempel 1 six seconds before it ran over NASA's Deep Impact probe. The picture was taken by the probe's impactor targeting sensor.

Topic: Nasa / Space

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