Deep impact probe hits comet

The Deep Impact spacecraft released the Impactor probe on a collision course with the Tempel 1 comet and took some pictures. Somehow this is going to tell us something about the origins of the solar system.“It’s a bullet trying to hit a second bullet with the third bullet,” Rick Grammier, Deep Impact project manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in June.I’m glad NASA finally got it right. They need to build up credibility after the last couple of screw-ups. At a cost of $330 million, Deep Impact is the eighth mission in NASA’s Discovery Program, which supports low-budget science missions.Low-budget?!

2005.07.05