View Full Version : A New Target for Deep Impact

2006-Oct-31, 01:52 AM
NASA announced today that it will be extending Deep Impact's mission, giving it a chance to visit another comet. The mission made big news when it slammed an impactor spacecraft into Comet Tempel 1 in July, 2005. NASA had hoped they could steer the spacecraft past another comet, to continue its scientific discoveries. Mission planners chose Comet Boethin as the spacecraft's next target, which it should be able to reach in December, 2008.

Read the full blog entry (http://www.universetoday.com/2006/10/30/a-new-target-for-deep-impact/)

2006-Oct-31, 10:58 AM
Nice. I'm glad they were able to find another comet within the fuel budget. I'd like to know more about fresher comets, but I don't expect Deep Impact is equipped to survive the approach.