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Question 1:
What was the purpose of the Deep Impact mission?
The Deep Impact missionís purpose was to punch through the crust of comet 9P/Tempel 1 to release the material trapped beneath the surface. Comets were formed in the coldest regions of the solar system. They are relics of our early solar system, chunks of leftover material from the formation of the planets. By studying the material released from the impact, scientists can learn about comet Tempel 1’s makeup. They can also learn more about how our solar system formed, by studying the released material, which may still contain original building blocks from the time when the Sun and the planets were forming.

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