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  1. #1 Deep Impact 
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    Yesterday NASA launched the Deep Impact mission. The target for this mission is the comet Tempel 1. It should arrive on the fourth of July. Once there it will release an impactor that will smash into the comet at 10 km/sec. The probe itself will take pictures and determine the composition of the comet during the impact. Several earth based telescopes and the Hubble, Chandra and Spitzer space telescopes will also observe the impact.

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    Will people be able to see the impact from Earth? It will be just inside the orbit of Mars, but I would not think that people will be able to see it with the naked eyes, but it should be very knowledgable.


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    Quote Originally Posted by poly_nightmare
    Will people be able to see the impact from Earth? It will be just inside the orbit of Mars, but I would not think that people will be able to see it with the naked eyes, but it should be very knowledgable.
    They expect that the magnitude of Tempel 1 will jump up several points during the impact. They think it may just be visible with the naked eye under good seeing conditions. So if you use binoculars or a small telescope it should certainly be visible.
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    so they are fireing a huge .. thing ..into a comet .. (i take it the cmmie...sorry commet is heading for earth to some extent)


    what if by blowing it up they unbalance the cosmos , thus firing us into the sun...

    i'll be watching!!!!
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    I missed it
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    Do you think this sort of event is planned to happen for the fourth of july? It's all a bit childish isn't it? This new scientific miracle will happen on America's birthday - yeehaa! 8)
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    Gentlemen, look at the dates on the the posts.
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