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Deep Impact Makes a Lasting Impression on Comet Tempel 1

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Science  08 Jul 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5732, pp. 226-227
DOI: 10.1126/science.309.5732.226a

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The two-part Deep Impact spacecraft--a bulletlike hypervelocity impactor and its watchful mothership--performed flawlessly on 4 July, punching a hole in the icy dirtball of comet Tempel 1 in full view of all the world.