July 4th, 2005

Porsupah smile by Djinni

Deep Impact progress

So, the first impactor adjustment's taken place well within expectation - and these are occurring autonomously, rather than guided by ground control. There'll apparently be another adjustment about 35 mins before impact, and a final one about 12 mins before impact, with cameras on both the mothership and the impactor crafts, in addition to the land and orbital observatories, through a global consortium of observatories.

And all this, I can watch on over 802.11b, on 512kbps on a plain phone line.

Is this not nifty? ^_^
Porsupah smile by Djinni

(no subject)


(The flare is simply the brightness of the sun ahead of it, in this instance)


(From the impactor itself)


(Closer)


(I wonder if it'll be friends with me?)

Final image from the flyby prior to "shield mode":


We'll see more images in the coming hours, from the mothership as it passes behind, and leaves "shield mode", once it passes the danger zone created by the impact area. Meanwhile, time for pandas to snooze.