Deep Impact To Strike on July 4th

    March 26, 2005

NASA’s Deep Impact spacecraft will strike ‘Comet Tempel 1’ with a 820 pound impactor probe on the 4th of July.

There is however a problem with the focus of one of the telescopes on the spacecraft.

The problem was discovered after a process called a “bake-out” in which heat is used to remove residual moisture from the telescope, which absorbed moisture as the spacecraft waited on the launch pad and flew through the atmosphere into space.

Testing showed the telescope has not focused perfectly, and scientists are searching for ways to fix it.”

“This in no way will affect our ability to impact the comet on July 4,” said Deep Impact project manager Rick Grammier.

The mission’s purpose is to learn about the inside of a comet.

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