Deep impact mission : looking beneath the surface of a by C.T. Russell

By C.T. Russell

Deep effect, or a minimum of a part of the flight procedure, is designed to crash into comet 9P/Tempel 1. This daring undertaking layout permits cometary researchers to see into the cometary nucleus, examining the excavated fabric with its imagers and spectrometers. The booklet describes the challenge, its targets, anticipated effects, payload, and knowledge items in articles written by means of these so much heavily concerned. This project has the possibility of revolutionizing our figuring out of the cometary nucleus.

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The crater itself grows very large very quickly during this stage, and material at the lip of the crater folds over cre­ ating a rim. Fractures often spread down into the target from the crater site as well. This stage is longer than the compression stage. For Deep Impact, this stage will last around 300 seconds. 3. Modification Stage: Loose debris from the impact will tend to slide down the steep crater walls. Some loosened material may slip in sheets, forming terraces along the crater sides. In some craters, a central peak may form as some of the target material splashes back upwards at the initial point of impact.

Andrew Dantzler is director of the Solar System Division. Thomas Morgan is Deep Impact program scientist. At the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Rick Grammier is project manager. Keyur Patel is deputy program manager, and David Spencer is mission manager. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. , designed and built the space­ craft. Monte Henderson is the company's Deep Impact program manager.

Designed and built the space­ craft. Monte Henderson is the company's Deep Impact program manager.

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