Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

Put Your Name on a Speeding Comet

Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

Put Your Name on a Speeding Comet

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Do you want to put your name on a collision course with a comet as part of the first space mission designed to give scientists a look inside one of these icy wanderers?

The University of Maryland, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (BATC), partners in NASA Discovery Mission Deep Impact, are hoping that thousands of people will answer "yes" to this question. The mission is launching a campaign offering anyone the chance to have their name included on a CD that will be carried aboard one of the Deep Impact mission's spacecraft.

Deep Impact's larger flyby spacecraft will carry a smaller impactor space-craft to the comet Tempel 1 and release it into the comet's path for a planned July 4, 2005 collision. Carried aboard the impactor will be a standard mini-CD containing the names of comet and space enthusiasts, as well as other interested parties from around the world.

The flyby spacecraft will take pictures from afar as the 370-kilogram (820-pound), copper-tipped impactor plunges into Tempel 1 at a speed of about 37,000 kilometers (23,000 miles) per hour. …

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