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Deep News
Newsletter for the Deep Impact mission
Issue 11
May 2004

Welcome to Deep News - the official newsletter for the Deep Impact mission to make a deep crater in a comet. The dual spacecraft for the mission have moved into environmental testing which are really several different kinds of tests. These tests help assure that the spacecraft are ready to launch this December from Cape Canaveral. To learn more about the Deep Impact mission, visit our official web sites at:

Where is Comet Tempel 1 now?
Take a look and see where Tempel 1 is now and use the same display to figure out where it will be on any date you choose. Follow Tempel 1 to encounter!

Question from you - Hey, what's with the shoes in the clean room?
Good question. You wanted to know why people could work in the clean room next to the spacecraft without masks on their faces and paper boots on their feet. Monte Henderson gives us a very interesting answer.

Up Close and Personal - Meet Mike Belton
If you like to golf, why would you retire and then start your own company for space exploration? Deep Impact deputy PI tells us the answer as we get to know him better.

Who is making a Deep Impact?
How many pennies would you have to gather to match the weight of the copper in our impactor? Deep Impact Solar System Educator Dee Mclellan and her class are going to find out. Read on to see what they will do with all those pennies once they have them.

Can You Answer This? Game #5
Have you played games 1 - 4? If you haven't, try them first at:

Then move on to this month's game and see how you do.

Did you see our past Deep News Issues?
Visit to catch up on exciting past news from the Deep Impact mission.

The Deep Impact mission is a partnership among the University of Maryland (UMD), the California Institute of Technology's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Ball Aerospace and Technology Corp (BATC). Deep Impact is a NASA Discovery mission, eighth in a series of low-cost, highly focused space science investigations. See or our mirror site at

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