n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Deep Impact sticks around like EPOXI : news notes

Volume 68, Issue 7_8
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



The spacecraft 'Deep Impact' that analysed the light when an object was slammed into comet Tempel 1 in July 2005, still lives on doing good science, now in the guise of the EPOXI mission (Extrasolar Planet Observation and Deep Impact Extended Investigation). EPOXI is a combination of the names for the two extended mission components : a search for extrasolar planets during its cruise phase to comet Hartley 2, called Extrasolar Planet Observations and Characterization (EPOCh), and the eventual flyby of the comet, called the Deep Impact eXtended Investigation (DIXI).

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