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NASA's comet hunting 'Deep Impact' comes to an end
http://www.themoneytimes.com/ ^

Posted on 09/22/2013 9:49:49 PM PDT by jenniferadam

A Boeing Delta II rocket carries NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft as it lifts off in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on January 13, 2005. In a first-of-its-kind mission, the spacecraft was sent to gather information about the comet Temple 1. NASA declared the mission complete on Friday, September 20.

The most-traveled comet-hunter mission in history has ended, NASA announced this Friday rather with reluctance as it shut the book on the Deep Impact spacecraft. see more @ Nasa News

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Technical; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: deepimpact; deltaiirocket; nasa
NASA's comet hunting
1 posted on 09/22/2013 9:49:49 PM PDT by jenniferadam
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To: jenniferadam

LOL, what a shame. What with Comet ISON right there, and all those snapshots by Deep Impact of it that can’t be processed now because of... well... lessee... a month ago there just wasn’t enough money to hire a person to process the data, then a week ago that dang main computer went on the fritz, and now, well now it’s just “sad” that the gizmo “couldn’t complete it’s final mission.” And a away it goes, swirling down the memory hole.

Meanwhile, behind Door 221B at JPL, a new transceiver code is being used to communicate with Deep Impact. No one know what the downlaoided data looks like, but shouts and cries are heard from behind the door, and a carton of smelling salts was just delivered to the scientists by armed guards...


2 posted on 09/22/2013 9:59:15 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: jenniferadam

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_Impact_%28spacecraft%29

Considering that this spacecraft went way beyond its planned service life I would say it was money well spent.


3 posted on 09/22/2013 10:11:14 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: jenniferadam

Continuous rebooting will do that.


4 posted on 09/22/2013 10:18:02 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Talisker

Yeah, it’s a shame we all died last year when Elenin killed us all.


5 posted on 09/22/2013 10:19:15 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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thanks jenniferadam.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3069572/posts?page=16#16


6 posted on 09/23/2013 4:00:14 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: jenniferadam

When do they start blaming this on the sequestering.


7 posted on 09/23/2013 7:13:48 AM PDT by cicero2k
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