DEEP IMPACT-Earth vs. Comet Tempel 1

Telstar

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So...you just come out from under that rock, eh? :p

Well, did you know...

Tonight's the night when an 820 lb. impactor probe launched from Earth
six months ago crashes into Comet Tempel 1 and no one knows with
absolute certainty what might happen.

Here's some info and links to NASA TV if you want to follow starting
with commentary tonight, July 3, at 8:30 p.m. (PST) leading up to the impact
at 10:52 p.m. (PST).

Space.com's Mission Overview

NASA Homepage

Space.com Special Report: Deep Impact

NASA TV Schedule

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Download RealPlayer from here

Telstar :)
 

Telstar

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"Hey! what if I live on the West Coast, can I view it with my binoculars?'

Head out around 10:45 p.m. on July 3 (if you’re lucky enough to live on the West Coast of the U.S. ) to the darkest place you can find that offers a view of the night sky. Then face southwest and find the planet Jupiter; it’ll be the brightest object in the sky and visible shortly after sunset. A bit above and to the left of Jupiter will be the bright, bluish-white star Spica, and above and to the left of Spica you’ll see a small, fuzzy “star.” That will be Comet 9P/Tempel 1. With the unaided eye, you’ll likely barely see a point of light. With good binoculars or a modest telescope, you should be able to see the sparkling debris cone formed by the ice and dust ejected on impact.

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What exactly would happen if "Things dont go as predicted" with the impact?
 

Telstar

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cheese said:
What exactly would happen if "Things dont go as predicted" with the impact?
Yep, that's why I posted this...
you know, in case the Comet breaks up and all the pieces go hurdling through
space impacting Earth and destroying all life forms.

I wanted to be sure no one missed seeing that on TV.

:p
 
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cheese said:
What exactly would happen if "Things dont go as predicted" with the impact?
To bad if they missed. "Probably feel a bit like swinging hard at a baseball and missing." OOPs :D :D :D Who paid the bill.
 

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xgerryx said:
Watch it live here: "EDITED" Opps, allready posted :eek:
Hey xgerryx, it was ok there...no prob.
When I saw the link I figured "cool", because that NASA link leads to
all the same information anyway so someone not clicking on the one I
had might just click on yours.

:)
 
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I wonder if people are placing bets

Man: I bet $500 they miss!
Lady: Good luck spending it when your dead

So impact is at 10:45 pacific time? Which would be 12:45 central, ill have to watch that nasa feed.
 

Telstar

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xgerryx said:
To bad if they missed. "Probably feel a bit like swinging hard at a baseball and missing." OOPs :D :D :D
Actually, there is a contingency plan to use the spacecraft for another
adventure if for some reason this one fails (it won't!).
Who paid the bill.
You, me and all our friends and neighbors.
$330 million

;)
 
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$330 million to save us from possible devestation, a bit pricey but worth it :D
 
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Watched it, thought there was going to be big action packed video of it, but oh well :D
 

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