Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Big Comet Weekend Heading Your Way

Deep Impact is this weekend. Don't miss it.
BOULDER, Colorado - Late Sunday and early Monday, skywatchers might be treated to celestial fireworks unlike anything witnessed before.

Like some Space Age equivalent of WrestleMania,
NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft is double-billed to tangle with Comet Tempel 1 on July 4. The mission is a two-part project: A "Flyby" vehicle will unleash an "Impactor" probe that will slam into the fast-moving comet.

The comet and Impactor will collide at about 23,000 mph.

Deep Impact is the first mission to make contact with a comet's surface. The hope is to produce a crater in the large comet and reveal what is underneath the surface.

I know the most amazing person involved with this project. I'm so glad I met him.