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By C.T. Russell

Deep influence, or at the very least a part of the flight process, is designed to crash into comet 9P/Tempel 1. This daring challenge layout allows cometary researchers to look into the cometary nucleus, interpreting the excavated fabric with its imagers and spectrometers. The booklet describes the project, its pursuits, anticipated effects, payload, and information items in articles written through these such a lot heavily concerned. This undertaking has the opportunity of revolutionizing our knowing of the cometary nucleus.

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Later arrival dates do not provide much additional mass, and the approach phase angle and Earth range are degraded (therefore degrading approach observations, telecommunication rates, and Earth-based 32 W. H. BLUME Figure 4. The Deep Impact interplanetary trajectory projected into the Ecliptic. A launch opportunity of 30 days begins on 30 December 2005, with a fixed arrival date at the comet of 4 July 2005. observing). Earlier arrival dates provide a better approach phase angle and Earth range, but the mass capability falls off significantly and the encounter speed increases (resulting in either a larger deflection maneuver or less flyby observing time between impact and entering a shielded attitude for the coma crossing).

16. 8 µm range for the expected reflectivity (4%) and a phase angle of <70◦ shall be ≥50. 17. The visible and IR imaging shall have spatial, sensitivity, and spectral characteristics that are capable of achieving the science goals at the assumed comet albedo and the illumination angles planned for the mission. 18. 3 ergs/cm2 /s/sr over a bandpass from 520 to 540 nm) and a phase angle <70◦ shall (a) provide an SNR greater than or equal to 100 when observing the coma using dust (or geology) filters and (b) ensure a digitized signal level that is at least 2 DN (data numbers) higher than background when observing comet pre-impact gas emissions with gas emission filters.

Redundant playbacks of the encounter data and periodic lookback imaging continue into the final, playback phase of the mission. 6. PLAYBACK P HASE The playback phase begins one day after impact and continues to the end of mission at E+30 days (3 Aug 05). Completing the primary mission, this phase provides time to complete redundant playbacks of data stored during the encounter, to characterize the flyby spacecraft health after the encounter (including dust particle damage), and to leave the spacecraft in a known final configuration.

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