Posts: 1181 From: Huntsville, AL, USA Registered: Jun 2003
posted 04-22-2005 10:12 AM
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.