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The Deep Impact mission and instruments
Author(s): J. W. Baer
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Deep Impact is NASA's Discovery class mission to Comet Tempel 1. The probe will separate into two spacecraft, one of which will impact the surface and excavate a large crater. Optical observations will allow the mission to determine much about the composition and structure of the comet nucleus, of which very little is known, in addition to helping the craft navigate to the target. We will discuss the mission, its goals and hardware, with emphasis on the optical instruments and the challenges of designing passive cryogenic optics for deep space operation while staying within tighter cost constraints than have been the norm for space missions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 August 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5865, Tribute to Warren Smith: A Legacy in Lens Design and Optical Engineering, 58650D (19 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.624559
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J. W. Baer, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5865:
Tribute to Warren Smith: A Legacy in Lens Design and Optical Engineering
Robert E. Fischer, Editor(s)

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