PIA13868: Before the Deep Impact Collision
Target Name: Tempel 1
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: StardustNExT
Spacecraft: Stardust
Instrument: Stardust Navigation Camera
Product Size: 1487 x 1117 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: University of Maryland
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This series of images shows the area where NASA's Deep Impact probe collided with the surface of comet Tempel 1 in 2005. The view zooms in as the images progress from top left to right, and then bottom left to right. The arrow points to the site of the impact, as indicated by trajectory and imaging data from the Deep Impact mission.

Stardust-NExT is a low-cost mission that is expanding the investigation of comet Tempel 1 initiated by NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages Stardust-NExT for the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. Joe Veverka of Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., is the mission's principal investigator. Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, built the spacecraft and manages day-to-day mission operations.

For more information about Stardust-NExT, please visit http://stardustnext.jpl.nasa.gov.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Maryland

Image Addition Date:
2011-02-18