NASA Stardust Probe Hours From Valentine's Date With Comet Tempel 1

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    This is rather incredible.

    FoxNews.com - NASA Stardust Probe Hours From Valentine's Date With Comet Tempel 1

    FAQ: Stardust-NExT Flyby of Comet Tempel 1 | Comets & Asteroids, Comet Photos | Comet Tempel 1, NASA Spacecraft | Space.com

    This is going to be incredible. It will close within 115 miles of the comet. Years in planning, it is going to be quite a data event in the study of these Kuiper Belt Objects.

    Another NASA mission, called Deep Impact, visited Tempel 1 back in 2005. But it did more than visit: Deep Impact slammed an impactor into Tempel 1's surface, then studied the ejected material to get an idea of what the comet is made of.

    Researchers hope Stardust-NExT will give them an idea of how Tempel 1 has changed during this time. They also hope to get a good look at the crater Deep Impact created; the previous mission was not able to see it well, as the huge cloud of ejected debris obscured the new feature.

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    Uncle Ferd says, "Yea, - first it was meteors - now dem space aliens is a-gonna fling comets at us...
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    Mysterious objects between Jupiter and Neptune identified as comets
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