TV News LIES

Thursday, Jun 30th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Science Probe sweeps past 'space peanut'

Probe sweeps past 'space peanut'

Probe sweeps past 'space peanut'Nasa's Deep Impact probe has flown by Comet Hartley 2. The first pictures revealed a roughly 1.5km-long, peanut-shaped object with jets of gas streaming from its surface. The pass, which occurred about 23 million km from Earth, was only the fifth time a spacecraft had made a close approach to a comet.

Nasa said it would take many hours to retrieve all of the data recorded by Deep Impact's two visible-light imagers and one infrared sensor. But the initial pictures to get to ground gave a fascinating view of the comet's icy body, or nucleus.

"The dominant signature is [the] two rough ends and a smooth middle," said Dr Jessica Sunshine, the mission's deputy principal investigator from the University of Maryland, College Park.

"What we see is that where the activity is, where the jets are, is the rough areas. And the middle - in our best current interpretation - we think is fine grained material that has been re-distributed across the comet and collected in a topographic low."

The information from the flyby should give scientists further insight into the diverse properties and behaviours of what are some of the Solar System's most remarkable objects.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


NASA reveals solar system Internet for interplanetary communication

Interplanetary InternetA new system deployed by NASA is expected to help the development of an interplanatery space...

China builds world's most powerful computer

China has world's most powerful computerA new supercomputer from China has topped the latest list of the world's most powerful machines.The...

The San Andreas Fault Is Definitely Showing Signs Of Large-Scale Movement

San Andreas fault shows movementWhen the fault line starts rockin’... run for the hills!New observations confirm that the San Andreas...

Scientists find molecule light-years away that could explain Earth's origin

molecule linked to earth's originA molecule used to create plastic might hold the key to Earth's origins.Scientists recently discovered a...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!