Comet's and Deep Impact Mission

By: Abigail De Lazzari-Stacey (4th Period)

COMETS

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.

Long Tails

A Comet's tail always points away from the Sun.

Some Comets

Comet Temple 1

C/2012 S1 (ISON)

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DEEP IMPACT MISSION

Deep Impact

This is an artist's picture of Deep Impact.

What Is Deep Impact/What Does It Do

  • It is a spacecraft.
  • It studies comet's.

Information

  • 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's Deep Impact Spacecraft Images Comet ISON

The Mission

  • 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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