PIA07292: Deep Impact on Launch Pad
Mission: Deep Impact
Spacecraft: Deep Impact
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Produced By: California Institute of Technology
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Deep Impact awaits launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. on Jan. 12, 2005.

The spacecraft will travel to comet Tempel 1 and release an impactor, creating a crater on the surface of the comet. Scientists believe the exposed materials may give clues to the formation of our solar system.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Caltech

Image Addition Date:
2005-01-21