Deep Impact Comet Bash, part 6- SMACK!!!!!!

[coverage of Planetary Society’s Deep Impact Comet Bash: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 ]

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Here at Deep Impact’s Comet Bash, they’re gonna do Q & A. They’ve turned down volume on NASA-TV. Oops. And now they’ve turned on NASA TV audio again.

Elachi is speaking on NASA TV to Gaye Yee Hill in the interview seat at Mission Control: No footsteps ahead of us… we’re opening new frontiers in space exploration. Gotta keep people focused because we still have a fly by spacecraft to monitor. [this refers to getting people in mission control to sit down and focus again after the initial “Success!!!’ celebration and high-fives]

This is going to change the way we view the solar systems. Every step we take it gives us new insight. Future: still have to analyze all this data. Europe space mission has a plan to land on a comet [Rosetta].

NASA-TV switches back to Mission Control. team reports as they get out of shield mode… and play back the images.

Fault protection software is software which reacts autonomously to situations on board the spacecraft. When can’t communicate, Fault protection runs things when events are happening too fast (like the impact) to allow for earth-to-spacecraft signal with the time delay for signal to travel across space. Fault protection mode is what’s running things when in shield mode, then we’re going back to cruise mode.

(light-time from comet to earth is 7 minutes (earlier said 11 minutes))

Don Yeomans [sp?] talks to Gaye Yee Hill about the images. Too difficult to follow.

Q&A here at Comet Bash, and they’re inquiring whether we can stay here till (yawn) 1:30 for the press conference.

Just heard that Emily Lakdawalla of the Planetary Society blogging live at JPL. Emboldened by the comments to what I’ve posted so far, and to save batteries, I’ve moved down next to the stage where there’s an outlet in order to keep blogging.

Didn’t catch the Q but Bill Smythe says: All the approach images are still on board. [instruments on board?] spectrometer, sensitive to water…and carbon monoxide. If we see huge increase in carbon monoxide, we’ll undesrtand why comets are… [?]

New images expected in a few minutes…

Now Bill Smythe will continue his presentation… I’ll continue in another post.

7 responses to “Deep Impact Comet Bash, part 6- SMACK!!!!!!”

  1. Asa Dotzler

    Susan, thanks so much for blogging all of this! You’ve made my day.

    – A

  2. Asa Dotzler on firefox, cats, mars, and more

    susan rocks

    Susan Kitchens has been blogging the Comet Bash all evening. Great stuff. Thanks, Susan! update SMACK!!!!!!…

  3. Hal

    Yes, thanks Susan!

  4. Dori

    Thank you, Susan!

  5. David Singer


  6. Jugalator

    Saw about this earlier, it’s cool! And it’s always satisfying to know the guys at NASA are successful after all the effort they put into the projects with their, relatively speaking, tiny, strained budget.

  7. Susan A. Kitchens

    You’re welcome, all! It was a thrill to see the WiFi signal right after arriving and starting up the powerbook. So thanks go to the Planetary Society/Citrus College for making it possible.