FLYBY Launches Probe - Comet Tempel 1

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On the 4th of July, 2005, NASA’s “Deep Impact” flyby spacecraft launched its impactor for a dramatic encounter with a comet known as “Tempel 1.”

This artist’s interpretation depicts the likely scene as the flyby spacecraft releases the heading-for-the-comet impactor about 24 hours before its collision with Tempel 1.  

We learn more about the drawing from NASA:

This is an artist's rendition of the flyby spacecraft releasing the impactor, 24 hours before the impact event.

Pictured from left to right are comet Tempel 1, the impactor, and the flyby spacecraft.

The impactor is a 370-kilogram mass with an onboard guidance system.

The flyby spacecraft includes a solar panel (right), a high-gain antenna (top), a debris shield (left, background), and science instruments for high and medium resolution imaging, infrared spectroscopy, and optical navigation (yellow box and cylinder, lower left).

The fly spacecraft is about 3.2 meters long, 1.7 meters wide, and 2.3 meters high. The launch payload has a mass of 1020 kilograms.

Click on the image for a better view.

Media Credits

Artist’s illustration by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp; online, via NASA, JPL, University of Maryland and Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.


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