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A rocket carrying the Deep Impact spacecraft blasts off from Florida in January 2005.
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Deep Impact Blasts Off
News story originally written on January 14, 2005

A rocket blasted off on January 12, 2005. The rocket was carrying a robot spacecraft called Deep Impact. Deep Impact will study a comet.

Deep Impact has two parts. One part will fly by the comet. The other part is called an "impactor". The impactor will crash into the comet! It will make a crater as big as a football stadium on the comet. Scientists want to see what the insides of a comet are like. The flyby part of Deep Impact will take pictures before, during, and after the crash.

Deep Impact will get to Comet Temple 1 on the Fourth of July, 2005. The comet is named after Ernst Tempel. He discovered the comet in 1867. Comet Temple 1 goes around the Sun once every 5.5 years.

Last modified January 14, 2005 by Randy Russell.

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