This computer-generated drawing shows from left to right, Comet Tempel 1, the Deep Impact impactor and the flyby spacecraft.
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Deep Impact Mission
NASA chose Deep Impact to be part of a special series called the Discovery Program. This program is for cheap, scientific projects. In May 2001, NASA said it was ok to start with mission development for Deep Impact.
Deep Impact will be launched on January 6, 2004.
Deep Impact, will send a probe to Comet Tempel 1. Part of the probe will crash into the comet! Scientists will study the inside of the comet, and a camera will take pictures. The crash will happen on July 4, 2005.
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