Wikipedia:Picture of the day/April 29, 2006

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Picture of the day

Deep Impact Probe collision with the comet Tempel 1

Deep Impact is a NASA space probe designed to study the composition of the interior of comet Tempel 1. At 5:52 UTC on July 4, 2005, one section of the Deep Impact probe successfully impacted the comet's nucleus, excavating debris from the interior of the nucleus. Photographs of the impact showed the comet to be more dusty and less icy than expected. The impact generated a large, bright dust cloud that obscured the hoped-for view of the impact crater.

Photo credit: NASA
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