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From: Huntsville, AL, USA
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posted 04-22-2005 10:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidH   Click Here to Email DavidH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just how big a crater will Deep Impact make on Tempel-1? Will the impactor sink right in to the fluffy comet and leave hardly any mark, or will it slam into a solid surface and dig out a classical crater? Scientists can only guess, because they arenít sure how the comet is put together. The Planetary Society is inviting everybody around the world to make an educated guess as to how big that crater will actually be. If your guess is close enough, you could win a custom-made plaque from Ball Aerospace, who built the Deep Impact Spacecraft. The plaque will be made of the same kind of copper material that makes up the heavy mass of the Impactor, laser-engraved with the mission logo.

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