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NASA spacecraft set to rendezvous with comet

NASA spacecraft set to rendezvous with comet

A NASA spacecraft will visit a comet five years after it bombarded another one. This time, there won't be celestial fireworks.
Instead, the Deep Impact craft will pass within 435 miles of comet Hartley 2 on Thursday. It will snap pictures during the close encounter.
It's the fifth time that a comet's core has been viewed up close.
In 2005, Deep Impact fired a copper probe that smashed into comet Tempel 1. The high-speed collision spewed a cloud of debris into space, giving scientists their first peek of the interior.
Its latest task lacks the Hollywood drama, but scientists say it's still an important mission.


Updated : 2021-05-07 16:24 GMT+08:00