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Deep Impact Mission Comes to an End

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 03:32 PM

NASA's Deep Space Comet Hunter Mission Comes to an End


www.nasa.gov said:

PASADENA, Calif. - After almost 9 years in space that included an unprecedented July 4th impact and subsequent flyby of a comet, an additional comet flyby, and the return of approximately 500,000 images of celestial objects, NASA's Deep Impact mission has ended.

The project team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., has reluctantly pronounced the mission at an end after being unable to communicate with the spacecraft for over a month. The last communication with the probe was Aug. 8. Deep Impact was history's most traveled comet research mission, going about 4.7 billion miles (7.58 billion kilometers)..

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 03:36 PM

Dang. How unfortunate.  :unsure2:

But I guess it did have a great life.


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Posted 20 September 2013 - 06:54 PM

Farewell, Deep Impact. May you finally rest in a quiet nebula. Thank you for all the data, we'll never forget you.

"From time to time there appear on the face of the earth men of rare and consummate excellence, who dazzle us by their virtue, and whose outstanding qualities shed a stupendous light. Like those extraordinary stars of whose origins we are ignorant, and of whose fate, once they have vanished, we know even less, such men have neither forebears nor descendants: they are the whole of their race."  -- Jean de la Bruyere 1645-1696.





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