Tuesday, July 05, 2005

S^2: Deep Impact Mission - a sci-fi story

CNN Uncut

NASA's barrel-sized unmanned Deep Impact space probe successfully collided on 4th July 2005 10:52 pm pacific time, into a comet by name Tempel 1 which was around 134 million km away and about half the size of Manhattan, in an attempt to start to learn more about the earth's formation.

One theory holds that a giant cloud of gas and dust collapsed to create the solar system 4.5 billion years ago, and comets formed from the left-over building blocks of the solar system. And this mission now also gives scientists an idea of how to stop such a comet from colliding with the earth in future if required :)

It was a big milestone for the U.S Space Agency, as even though it did not place any man on the moon now, no other space mission has flown this close to a comet. This collision caught the attraction of millions of people, scientists apart. The Nasa's Deep Impact website had nearly 1 billion hits. Around 10,000 people gathered on Hawai's Waikiki beach where the collision wass telecasted on a huge screen. Wasn't it one of the most joyeous ways of celebration of an American birthday ?



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