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Closest Ever View of a Comet: Nasa Spacecraft Flies Just 112 Miles From Tempel 1

Science & Tech  (tags: Nasa, Spacecraft, Tempel 1, Earth, Science )

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Nasa today used one of its craft to revisit a comet at close range for the first time in the history of space exploration.


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Gvapo T (22)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 8:06 am
thanks for the article :)

. (0)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 8:38 am

Stan Joseph (8)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 8:50 am

pam w (139)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 8:53 am

Teresa Nemeth (343)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 9:27 am
Not SIFI this time... the real thing!...

Peggy Rosenbluth (0)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 9:41 am

Kay M (347)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 9:44 am

Alejandra Vega (139)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 9:49 am
Astonishing!!! TY, Nancy!

Rosie Lopez (73)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 9:49 am
too cool thanks for sharing!!

Marian D (57)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 11:34 am
Thanks Nancy!

Sharon S (8)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 1:32 pm
Thank you. It really is just a "big rock". But a really hot, moving too fast one. Good shots.

Nance N (0)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 2:56 pm
Very interesting - thanks for sharing the article.

Philip Heinlein (474)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 4:49 pm
It's pretty cool to think that we can rendezvous with a small, fast moving object like that and get great pictures. Congratulations, NASA! That's the right stuff!

Marta B (45)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 7:26 pm
it's like a potato. Thnks

Many Feathers (123)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 7:28 pm
looks like a rock in my yard--- gee ; ~)

JennyLynn W (246)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 7:55 pm
Very neat! Thanks for sharing. It's a good story, and we're still getting lots more of the story as the photos come in!
"Researchers are interested in studying comets because they could provide clues to how the sun and planets formed. They are thought to contain frozen primordial ingredients that date back to the birth of the solar system some 4.5billion years ago.

By examining the craters scientists hope to unlock more of Tempel 1ís secrets, such as whether or not its landscape was caused by internal changes or the impact of asteroids.

Since the last landing Tempel 1 has made a complete orbit which has taken it close to Mercury and all the way out to Jupiter.

Nasa experts said that they hoped to ascertain the ages of some of the areas of the comet which look older than others."

Walter Firth (45)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 8:34 pm
Thanks for posting Nancy.That was awe inspiring.

Kathlene Lentz (30)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 9:01 pm
I hope to never see a comet this close up *except* in a picture!

Susan L (150)
Thursday February 17, 2011, 2:30 am
Very interesting article, thank you, Nancy. Funny how most of these kinds of events are not even mentioned on the 'regular' news programs anymore. Guess they don't find it as newsworthy as Lindsay Lohan's latest arrest.

Cindy C (125)
Friday February 18, 2011, 11:20 am

Blu AbbeyCat (302)
Sunday February 20, 2011, 5:13 pm
.... Wooooooo ... wish I was there to see that oxxoxo, Blu

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