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Deep News
Newsletter for the Deep Impact mission
Issue 29
December 2005

It's hard to believe that one year ago this month the project team was in Florida making last minute preparations for the launch of the Deep Impact twin spacecraft from Cape Canaveral. If we had known then what incredible images would be returned to us six months later, we would have been stunned. Most of you have been following along with us ever since then but if you are new to the Deep Impact mission, take a look at our web sites:

Mission Update - Tempel 1 is like a Marshmallow?
This month our mission update comes by way of Ray Brown from the University of Maryland where he gives perspective on some of the initial findings from the science team.

Up Close and Personal - Meet Maura Rountree-Brown, Education & Public Outreach
She was afraid of math and science as a student but fell in love with comets when she joined the proposal team for the Deep Impact mission.

Stardust Memories - Stardust heading home
Remember the Stardust mission? After their successful encounter with Wild 2 in January of 2004, they are heading home with the first samples from a comet ever returned to Earth. The Deep Impact team wishes you well, Stardust.

Still Listening - The Deep Space Network
While many of us take time off for the holidays, the antennas of the Deep Space Network that so faithfully tracked the Deep Impact spacecraft will continue to keep an ear out for other NASA missions as well.

These are a few of our favorite things - Looking back on a Deep Impact!
As we look back over the last twelve months, these are a few of our favorite memories. What are yours?

A perfect launch:

Images returned from the impactor and the flyby spacecraft:
From the impactor:
From the flyby:

From other points of observation:
From space:
From major Earth telescopes:
From small Earth telescopes:

The Up Close and Personal stories of our project team:

The impact pumice tests that helped us understand what the encounter with Tempel 1 might look like:

The educational activities:

The Deep Impact animations:

To you and yours, a very warm holiday greeting from the Deep Impact team.

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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