Comet's and Deep Impact Mission
By: Abigail De Lazzari-Stacey (4th Period)
What is a Comet?
- A comet is a small object that are made up of gas, ice, and dust.
- They orbit the sun.
- Their jets of dust and gas form long tails that you can sometimes see from Earth.
Comets are sometimes called 'Dirty/Dusty Snowballs' because of the dust and the ice.
Comet Tempel 1
Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON)
C/2012 S1 (ISON)
DEEP IMPACT MISSION
What Is Deep Impact/What Does It Do
- It is a spacecraft.
- It studies comet's.
- Deep Impact has spent at least 9 years in space.
- Was history's most traveled comet research mission, about 4.71 billion miles.
- Has completed the main mission, to research the surface and interior of a comet (Comet Temple 1) and a extended mission of a flyby comet and observations of planets around other stars.
- NASA sent Deep Impact to crash into Comet Tempel 1 so they could study the comet.
- On July 4th, 2005, Deep Impact hit Comet Tempel 1 at 23,000 mph, creating a huge crater in the comet’s surface.
- It was shot by the Deep Impacts Impactor.
After the Mission
- After the mission, Deep Impact took pictures and had an extended mission.
- Deep Impact took about 500,000 pictures.
Why Did They Target Comet Tempel 1?
Because of timing.
They needed a comet that was easy to reach when Deep Impact was ready to strike.
Deep Impact Mission put to an end
After a month of no communication with the spacecraft, NASA has announced an end to the mission.
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