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Photos of Comet Tempel 1 From NASA Space Missions

Comet Tempel 1 Temperature Map

NASA/JPL/UMD

This temperature map of Comet Tempel 1's nucleus shows the icy object at different spatial resolutions. The context image (in black and white) is a HRIVIS image taken just before impact. The color bar in the middle gives temperature in Kelvins. The sun is to the right in all images.

Comet Tempel 1 Collision Sequence

NASA/JPL-Caltech/UMD

This sequence of Comet Tempel 1 photos shows the Deep Impact mission crash using the flyby spacecraft's medium resolution imager. The blue dotted line is the position of the spectrometer's slit. At each point along the slit, a spectrum exists that contains information about the constituents in the spectrometer's field of view. Deep Impact hit Tempel 1 with an impactor probe on July 4, 2005 (Eastern Time)

X-Ray of a Comet

This false-color image shows comet Tempel 1 as seen by Chandra X-ray Observatory on June 30, 2005, Universal Time. The comet was bright and condensed. The X-rays observed from comets are caused by an interaction between highly charged oxygen in the solar

This false-color image shows comet Tempel 1 as seen by Chandra X-ray Observatory on June 30, 2005, Universal Time. The comet was bright and condensed. The X-rays observed from comets are caused by an interaction between highly charged oxygen in the solar wind and neutral gases from the comet.

Comet Tempel 1: Stardust Probe's First Views

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell

NASA's Stardust-NExT mission took this image of comet Tempel 1 at 8:37 p.m. PST on Feb 14, 2011,

Comet Tempel 1: Stardust Probe's First Views

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell

NASA's Stardust-NExT mission took this image of comet Tempel 1 at 8:38 p.m. PST on Feb 14, 2011.

Comet Tempel 1: Stardust Probe's First Views

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell

NASA's Stardust-NExT mission took this image of comet Tempel 1 at 8:39 p.m. PST on Feb 14, 2011.

Comet Tempel 1: Stardust Probe's First Views

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell

NASA's Stardust-NExT mission took this image of comet Tempel 1 at 8:39 p.m. PST on Feb 14, 2011. The comet was first visited by NASA's Deep Impact mission in 2005.

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