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14 February 2011

Stardust NExT’s Date with a Comet

Apparently NASA has a rule that the comet Tempel 1 can only be visited on holidays. Back in 2005, on the 4th of July, the Deep Impact spacecraft flew by Tempel 1 and smashed an 816 pound copper bullet into the comet. And now this Valentine’s Day the Stardust spacecraft is taking a look at the aftermath.

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4 November 2010

Comet Flyby Today!

Today we get to see a new comet! Ok, so the comet is actually quite old, and we’ve known about it since 1986, but this will be the first time we see the surface. The EPOXI mission will be swinging by the comet Hartley 2 in about an hour and a half, snapping high-resolution pictures and collecting other information all the way. If you haven’t heard of the EPOXI mission …

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