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Deep News
Newsletter for the Deep Impact mission
Issue 18
January 2005

The Deep Impact mission team is making final preparations for the launch of the twin spacecraft that will travel to Comet Tempel 1. One of the spacecraft, a "smart" impactor, will collide with Tempel 1 to create a crater the size of a football stadium exposing material that will tell us more about the formation of the solar system. If you want to know more about this exciting mission, look at:

Picture This! Deep Impact at the launch pad
The Deep Impact spacecraft moves to the launch pad and into the Delta II rocket in preparation for launch. Take a look.

And Picture This! Is that Comet Tempel 1?
It's difficult to see, maybe, but it is proof that Comet Tempel 1 is heading toward our point of encounter for July 2005. It will meet our twin spacecraft there as one makes a crater in its surface and the other one watches and sends images and data back to Earth.

Mission Update
What goes on in the last days before the Deep Impact spacecraft launches on January 12 and what will the team be looking for just after launch?

Educators Make a Deep Impact
Educators from across the country are making their way to Kennedy Space Center for a winter science workshop on Deep Impact and comets. Armed with hands-on activities and new information on comet science and astronomy, these new members of the Deep Impact outreach effort will head back to prepare students for the July 2005 encounter with Comet Tempel 1.

Up Close and Personal
Meet Kavita Kaur, Software Stress Tester for Deep Impact. She loved the logic of math and science as a child. If she had not become an engineer, she might have been a teacher.

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

Deep Impact is a Discovery mission. For more information on the Discovery Program, visit:

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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