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Deep News
Newsletter for the Deep Impact mission
Issue 15
September 2004

We are less than four months from the beginning of our launch period, December 30, 2004 and the members of the Deep Impact project are preparing to transfer the spacecraft and impactor to Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral from where the composite spacecraft will be launched. If you don't know about the Deep Impact mission to Comet Tempel 1, and you are asking yourself what an impactor is, then you may want to take a look at our web site and find out more about this remarkable mission:

Update on the Deep Impact mission from Lucy McFadden
What is the latest progress on the flyby spacecraft and impactor at Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp in Boulder, Colorado? Lucy McFadden gives us a report.

Picture This - Latest image of the Deep Impact spacecraft
The Deep Impact flyby spacecraft and impactor spacecraft are stacked together after testing at Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. in preparation for their departure to Kennedy Space Center for launch.

Pennies for Educators - Change for the Ukraine
Remember the students who collected pennies to match the mass of the copper in our impactor projectile? Their teacher, Dee McLellan has returned from the Ukraine where they donated the funds to make a Deep Impact on their sister school's science program. Dee tells us more and gives educators a template for doing an Impactor Penny Collection in other classes.

Genesis returns to Earth - Samples of Solar Wind
While the Deep Impact mission is preparing to observe the inside of a comet, one of our sister Discovery missions returned to Earth this month carrying samples of solar wind collected in space. The Genesis Sample Return Capsule's parachute failed to deploy and the spacecraft and samples landed at high speed directly in the ground. The Deep Impact project wishes the Genesis team the best in their recovery of their samples for scientific analysis. You can read about the status of the data they collected at

Up Close and Personal - Meet Jennifer Rocca
From pretending her Barbie Dolls were explorers from other planets to managing the Launch Countdown Procedure for the Deep Impact mission, Jennifer has had a long and interesting journey, but it was a trip to Huntsville, Alabama at the age of eight that finally led her into engineering. Meet Jennifer Rocca from Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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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