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Countdown to Impact




Impactor release: Sunday 2:07 a.m. EDT
Impact with comet: Monday 1:52 a.m. EDT
First post-impact photo: Monday 2:08 a.m. EDT

Detailed timeline

Impactor release story

Mission Status Center

Photo: Impactor deploy

Video coverage



The Mission




NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft will fire a projectile into the heart of Comet Tempel 1 to expose materials frozen inside the rocky snowball since the solar system formed four billion years ago.

Mission overview

Info on comets

The science objectives

Spacecraft fact sheet


First images of impact with Comet Tempel 1
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Posted: July 4, 2005


Impact viewed by the medium resolution camera. Credit: NASA TV/Spaceflight Now
 

Impact!. Credit: NASA TV/Spaceflight Now
 

The impactor camera capture this view of the comet's surface as it raced towards its imminent destruction. Credit: NASA TV/Spaceflight Now
 

This image of Comet Tempel 1, taken less than an hour before impact, appeared on the main screen in the science area at Deep Impact mission control. Credit: NASA TV/Spaceflight Now
 

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