If the only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys - the guys at NASA are real men
Sure they've got a couple of bazillion dollar remote-control cars on Mars to play with, but real boys like to blow stuff up, too. How about a comet! Deep Impact
is NASA's mission to frag (literally) comet Tempel 1.
Here's the high points...
Launched in January (this year) it's travelled about 260 million miles and picked up the target last month. It's approaching fast for a July 4th encounter. And by encounter
we mean smacking it at 23,000 miles per hour
with an 800 pound copper missile to blast a stadium-size
hunk out of the comet.
Two weeks ago top men at NASA
made some course adjustments to make the impact better visible from Earth. After all, what good is blowing things up if you can't watch, right.
Wohba will bring you the fireworks.