Hartley 2 – First Image from Deep Impact

Hartley 2
Hartley 2 Seen from Deep Impact
Image Credit: NASA / JPL / UM

NASA’s Deep Impact spacecraft, repurposed as EPOXI, has a rendezvous with Comet Hartley 2 on 4 November 2010.

From NASA’s press release:

EPOXI is an extended mission that utilizes the already “in flight” Deep Impact spacecraft to explore distinct celestial targets of opportunity. The name EPOXI itself is a combination of the names for the two extended mission components: the extrasolar planet observations, called Extrasolar Planet Observations and Characterization (EPOCh), and the flyby of comet Hartley 2, called the Deep Impact Extended Investigation (DIXI). The spacecraft will continue to be referred to as “Deep Impact.”

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