NASA's Deep Impact's flyby spacecraft took this image after it turned around to capture last shots of a receding comet Tempel 1. Earlier, the mission's probe had smashed into the surface of Tempel 1.
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Tempel Fades into Night

Quick Time Movie for PIA02140 Tempel Fades into Night
Quick Time Movie for PIA02140 Tempel Fades into Night

This movie is made up of images taken by Deep Impact's flyby spacecraft after it turned around to capture last shots of a receding comet Tempel 1. Earlier, the mission's probe had smashed into the surface of Tempel 1, kicking up the fan-shaped plume of dust seen here behind the comet. These pictures were taken by the flyby craft's high-resolution camera over a period beginning 50 minutes after impact, and ending about 12 hours after impact. Impact occurred at 10:52 p.m. Pacific time, July 3, 2005.

Image details

ID#:
PIA02140

Date added:
2005-07-11

Target:
Tempel 1

Mission:
Deep Impact

Spacecraft:
Deep Impact

Instruments:
High Resolution Imager (HRI)

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Full-Res TIFF:
PIA02140.tif (0.07 MB)

Full-Res JPG:
PIA02140.jpg (0 MB)

Image credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/UMD