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NASA's EPOXI spacecraft is gaining fast on comet Hartley 2, ahead of a scheduled close approach tomorrow at around 14:00 GMT. At the appointed hour, EPOXI will pass within 700 kilometers (435 miles) of the comet's nucleus, while its two imagers and single infrared instrument capture intimate data. EPOXI image of Hartley 2. Pic …

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Pint

Push the button Max

"sniffing out "the brightest light source in the sky (excluding the sun)"

For some reason this puts me in mind of Professor Fate's acoustic torpedo. At least they remembered to exclude the Sun.

<- Another classic Lester headline.

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Coat

EPOXI set to give comet some stick

Only if they can mix the resin and the hardner just before impact*...

*impact assumed if they don't get the autonav right...

"Er... guys is m meters or miles?"

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"capture intimate data"

Are we going to see the emergence of the Celestial NSFW tag ?

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Units

> 2.2 kilometer-wide object at 27,500 miles per hour

Based on NASA's past track record, they'll probably end up hurtling past a 2.75 mile-wide object at 22000km/h, and miss the comet altogether...

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Alien

light sources

"sniffing out "the brightest light source in the sky (excluding the sun)"

I hope the aliens turn their headlights off...

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