July 02, 2005

NASA on collision-course with comet

So as you may or may not know, Nasa plans on breaking up the 4-mile-wide comet Tempel 1 by tossing a washing-machine sized space craft at it. The point is that they're tying to get a peek at whatever is inside the comet, NOT avoid a catastrophic impact with the Earth a la Armageddon the movie. Naturally, with this day and age we can get a front row seat from our computers screens:

NOAO has constantly updating images which will get more frequent an hour before and after the collision.

Mauna Kea Observatories will be providing "near real-time images" of comet Tempel 1 on July 3, as seen from Hawaii.

CREDIT: Story on Wired.com has some extra links.


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