Skip to comments.NASA's comet hunting 'Deep Impact' comes to an end
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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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...
Considering that this spacecraft went way beyond its planned service life I would say it was money well spent.
Continuous rebooting will do that.
Yeah, it’s a shame we all died last year when Elenin killed us all.
When do they start blaming this on the sequestering.