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Wednesday, November 03, 2010

 

Only One and a Half Sleeps Until EPOXI Reaches Comet Hartley

The NASA EPOXI Mission to comet 103P Hartley will reach its closest approach on November 4 13:50 UT, which is November 5 00:50 AEDST and 00:20 ACDST (which is why I said one and a half sleeps) and 21:50 AWST. The close encounter will be broadcast on NASA TV, form 13:30 - 15:15 UT (00:30 AEDST, you get the picture).

Already the spacecraft is seeing jets from the comet's nucleus (see video here, warning, it crashes my Firefox browser), and there are some cool radar images of the elongated nucleus of the comet from Arecibo here.

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