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NASA's former Deep Impact comet-bomber space probe, since renamed EPOXI* and reassigned to rendezvous with a second space snowball, has made a successful close pass by the comet Hartley 2. Comet Hartley 2 pictured by the EPOXI mission. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UMD Extraplanetary spaceball paparazzo-shot wondrousness. "The …

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Paris Hilton

19000 miles

LOHAN's going to have to watch out for stuff like this.

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"3,470mph of velocity"

I get the point, but in a science article it'd be better to use terms like 'velocity' properly. I think you should have said it picked up an extra 3,470mph of speed. Velocity is a combination of speed and direction.

Thanks for the article, though. It was interesting.

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Boffin

Right you are Tom -

another question is why the Reg insists on using (the US version of) Imperial units in a science article, rather than using SI units. A latent John Wayne complex ?...

Henri

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Anonymous Coward

British

Why us Imperial units? Because that's how us brits measure speed.

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@mhenriday

Are you that guy who drives really slowly around town, at a constant 30km/h ? If you are, I have some news for you.

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Welcome to the modern world,

Anonymous Coward !...

Henri

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Pint

Frank, I'm usually on my bike ;

but on a good day without too much headwind, I can maintain 30 km/h....

Henri

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Anonymous Coward

Awesome picture

I hope Hollywood are paying attention this time around so that we're spared any further Deep Impact-style travesties

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Alien

Is that

Is that the Space Battleship Yamato?!?

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WTF?

@MeRp

Nope. Even turning it upside down and squinting really hard I can't see that one.

I'd lay off the little blue ones for a while if I were you........

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Stardate 210101104:055947

Captain's log evacuated. A spiky one.

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WTF?

Let me get this straight...

It's been renamed to "EPOXI", which stands for:

Extrasolar

Planet

Observation and Characterization plus Deep Impact

eXtended

Investigation

I daresay the art of forming logical and intuitive acronyms is officially dead.

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Joke

Maybe not...

It could be characterised as a:

Remote

Extended

Space

Investigation

Node

could it not?

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EPOXI

Sponsored by Araldite?

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Joke

KFC conspiracy theory #1

It's obviously a chicken drumstick :-o

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Joke

That's a big one...

Over sized bar magnet. (-_^)

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Coat

Higest mountains in the solar system...

Well if the highest mountain is measured as a proportion of radius from the mean geode then this things a record breaker!

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Budget cuts

Can't they afford a colour camera FFS?

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Coat

Hartley 2

Hartley 2?

Sonorous voice: "Just when you thought no-one cared about Fly Fishing..."

mine's the one with the slim volume in the pocket

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Anonymous Coward

Impressive but somehow not...

Whenever I see this sort of thing it impresses the hell out of me that here is a photograph taken thousands of miles away in space. On the other hand the actual images are always something of a letdown. Space is really excting in theory, but the reality is somewhat dull.

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Anonymous Coward

Any space boffins care to comment?

But for the mere matter* of getting to within 700 km of the comet I could take this picture with with my very amateur telescope and B&W camera setup.

Surely there is a huge choice of high definition space rated optics and sensors to choose from after all this time spent developing satellite based earth imaging.

Pig ignorant armchair space experts would like to know.

* it impresses the hell out of me too.

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I, for one

welcome our new cometary chicken-drumstick overlords

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