Deep Space Fireworks for US Independence Day

As Babblogue notes, Tempel 1 got clobbered early this morning.. that’s the comet Tempel 1, although, more accurately, it clobbered a NASA probe – at a relative speed of 37,000km/h. As the NASA report put it – “After 172 days and 431 million kilometers (268 million miles) of deep space stalking, Deep Impact successfully reached out and touched comet Tempel 1.” Result of impact caught here.. with more images available here. Hat-tip Isaac Newton.