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Approaching The Nucleus Of Comet Tempel 1 At Ten Kilometers Per Second , The Dee ...

Approaching The Nucleus Of Comet Tempel 1 At Ten Kilometers Per Second , The Dee ...

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Description: Approaching the nucleus of comet Tempel 1 at ten kilometers per second , the Deep Impact probes targeting camera recorded a truly dramatic series of images Successive pictures improve in resolution and have been composited here at a scale of 5 meters per pixel including images taken within a few meters of the surface moments before the July 4th impact Analyzing the resulting cloud of debris , researchers are directly exploring the makeup of a comet , a primordial chunk of solar system material Described as a recipe for primordial soup , the list of Tempel 1s ingredients tiny grains of silicates , iron compounds , complex hydrocarbons , and clay and carbonates thought to require liquid water to form might be more appropriate for a cosmic souffle , as the nucleus is apparently porous and fluffy Seen here , Tempel 1s nucleus is about five kilometers long , with the impact site between the two large craters near the bottom

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