- 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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