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Recycled Comet-Hunting Spacecraft Is Not Dead Yet

This is another of the first images sent back to Earth from the NASA's EPOXI mission after it flew by comet Hartley 2 around 7 a.m. PDT (10 a.m. EDT) on Nov. 4, 2010.
This is another of the first images sent back to Earth from the NASA's EPOXI mission after it flew by comet Hartley 2 around 7 a.m. PDT (10 a.m. EDT) on Nov. 4, 2010. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UMD)

NASA's Deep Impact

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Over the course of

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"NASA's looking

No more comet

While the probe's

"We're looking

Whenever Deep Impact

The observations

And Deep Impact has

Its $45 million

"In these hard

Deep Impact's

Deep Impact

The impact, which

After that mission

They planned to send

So researchers

Deep Impact has been

The spacecraft has

So it shouldn't come

A week or so before

NASA's broad EPOXI

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Mike Wall
SPACE.COM SENIOR SPACE WRITER — Michael has been writing for Space.com since 2010. His book about the search for alien life, "Out There," was published on Nov. 13, 2018. Before becoming a science writer, Michael worked as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Michael on Twitter.