The Deep Impact
mission is the eighth in the NASA Discovery mission series.
The mission will flyby comet P/Tempel 1 and release a smart impactor
24 hours prior to the closest approach. The impactor will relay
close up images of the comet surface before it is destroyed. The
impactor will make a large crater on the surface of the comet, and
we will watch the crater formation processes. Hopefully the crater
will dig below the old evolved surface crust on the comet, and we will make
measurements of the pristine interior.
IRTF Mission Support
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|Karen Meech, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii meech@.ifa.hawaii.edu|