The Electric Commentary

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Deep Impact

We're going to punch a big hole in the side of a comet, just for the heck of it:

The idea behind Deep Impact is as simple as it is surprising: to find out the inner structure and make-up of a comet, what could be more natural than punching a hole in it? That is precisely what Deep Impact will do, by sending an impactor crashing into comet Tempel 1 at a speed of 10 kilometers (6 miles) per second - about ten times the speed of a rifle bullet.

Sounds fun.

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