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Monday, July 4, 2005



Anniversaries and Impact

Fireworks
Fireworks
Credit: Goleta Air and Space Museum
To all Americans: Happy 4th of July. Today is the 229th anniversary of our independence.

To all: Happy 5th Anniversary to Red Colony!

To all: Happy 8th Anniversary Pathfinder and Sojourner. This mission inspired us to create RC.

To all: Deep Impact's impact probe smashed into a comet today. The mission was designed to do four things:
  1. Observe how the crater forms
  2. Measure the crater's depth and diameter
  3. Measure the composition of the interior of the crater and its ejecta
  4. Determine the changes in natural outgassing produced by the impact
Comets could play a major role in terraforming, and understanding their composition could help us design better theories.


- posted by Jim @ 19:33 EST