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Space fireworks

NASA’s Deep Impact probe will (hopefully) smash into comet Tempel 1 on July 4, (hopefully) giving scientists their first glimpse of primordial space dust.

Grammier has likened it to standing in the middle of the road and being hit by a semi-truck going 23,000 mph – “you know, just bam!” The energy produced by the crash will be like detonating nearly 5 tons of TNT.

Man, I love NASA.

Something about the idea of cracking open an ancient comet to reveal the building blocks of the universe kind of puts me on edge, though. I’m sure there’s a great science fiction story in there somewhere.

And who knows…maybe

This July, science fiction will become science fact.

Death-Comet

Starring Tom Cruise
Directed by Jerry Bruckheimer

“You know, just bam!”