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stevesliva
post May 28 2008, 07:48 PM
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Looks like the Deep Impact list has been revived. Posting here for others to get back on board:

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EPOXI E-News #1 May 2008
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WELCOME BACK!

Did you know that the Deep Impact Flyby Spacecraft has a new assignment? The
EPOXI mission combines two exciting science investigations in an entirely
new mission that re-uses the Deep Impact spacecraft. The Extrasolar Planet
Observation and Characterization (EPOCh) investigation will observe stars
that have known transiting giant planets. The Deep Impact Extended
Investigation (DIXI) of comets observes comet 103P/Hartley 2 during a close
flyby in October 2010.

The education and public outreach team decided to get back in touch with our
Deep Impact friends and begin sending out newsletters again to keep you
informed of these two exciting investigations! During the two years since
our last newsletter for Deep Impact, the science team has stayed busy
continuing to do more analysis on the data collected in July 2005. The
science team also proposed and was awarded an extended mission teaming up
with a group from Goddard Space Flight Center.
EPOXI website: http://epoxi.umd.edu/
Mission Overview: http://epoxi.umd.edu/1mission/index.shtml
Press Releases: http://epoxi.umd.edu/7press/index.shtml
DI Results: http://deepimpact.umd.edu/results/

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MISSION STATUS

Dr. Deming, Principal Investigator (PI) for the EPOCh portion of the
mission, sends us the latest mission status report in which he tells us
about the current observing target GJ436. “This is an exciting time for
EPOCh, as we search for an exo-Earth orbiting a stellar neighbor of our
Sun!” reports Dr Deming. He also talks about the plans to observe a very
special planet in late May and early June.

Read his status report as well as past reports from other team members at
http://epoxi.umd.edu/1mission/status.shtml

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EPOCh TARGETS

The EPOCh component of the EPOXI mission will carefully study a small number
of stars in order to learn more about planets that we know are orbiting
those stars by watching the planets as they transit (cross in front of) the
star. EPOCh will also search for clues to other planets that might be
orbiting the same stars.

Read more about the EPOCh science targets to find out which stars are being
observed.
http://epoxi.umd.edu/2science/targets.shtml

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PLANET QUEST

Are we alone?
For centuries, human beings have pondered this question. Medieval scholars
speculated that other worlds must exist and that some would harbor other
forms of life. In our time, advances in science and technology have brought
us to the threshold of finding an answer to this timeless question.
The recent discovery of numerous planets around stars other than the sun
confirms that our solar system is not unique. Indeed, these "exoplanets"
appear to be common in our galactic neighborhood.
The EPOCh investigation is part of a larger family of missions studying
extrasolar planets. Learn more at the Jet Propulsion Lab Planet Quest Web site.
http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/index.cfm

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OBSERVING CHALLENGE

The transits that will be studied for EPOCh are extremely difficult to
observe because the change in brightness is very small and requires high
precision photometry that can be accomplished with instruments on the Deep
Impact spacecraft. Observers on Earth can still take a look at the stars in
the night time sky. The selected stars are also pretty dim because we don’t
want them to saturate or over expose the spacecraft instruments but they are
bright enough to be visible in amateur telescopes if the sky conditions are
good and the skies are dark.

Like people, stars have multiple identifiers. EPOCh’s first target was a
star labeled as HAT-P-4 by the scientists observing it. They made their own
list of target stars so that was their shorthand name. But HAT-P-4 has
numerous other names which are more useful in identifying it in other databases.
HAT-P-4 = SAO 64638 = TYC 2569-1599-1 is a magnitude 11, G-class star
located in the constellation Boötes.
Chart: http://epoxi.umd.edu/2science/challenge.shtml

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post Apr 7 2009, 04:44 PM
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QUOTE (Paolo @ Apr 1 2009, 12:40 PM) *
There was a presentation on the same subject here: http://www.astro.washington.edu/users/cowa..._lunch_talk.ppt but it has been removed. It is cached on Google in html
http://209.85.129.132/search?q=cache:wdXK3..._lunch_talk.ppt


Paolo: I can't seem to find those presentations. You don't have a copy of them do you?

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QUOTE (Rich @ Apr 7 2009, 06:44 PM) *
Paolo: I can't seem to find those presentations. You don't have a copy of them do you?

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I don't. I only have saved the cached google copy


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FYI, Hubble is presently studying Hartley-2 to try to pin down the basic properties of the nucleus, especially the rotation period, so that the information can be incorporated into mission planning.

http://www.stsci.edu/cgi-bin/get-visit-sta...rkupFormat=html
http://archive.stsci.edu/proposal_search.p...st&id=11990


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QUOTE (tedstryk @ Apr 10 2009, 08:40 PM) *
FYI, Hubble is presently studying Hartley-2 to try to pin down the basic properties of the nucleus,


Observations have also been carried out by Spitzer, but I have noy seen results published yet http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2008sptz.prop50593L


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- stevesliva   EPOXI Mission News   May 28 2008, 07:48 PM
- - mps   EPOXI's Spacecraft Observes the Earth-Moon Sys...   Jun 3 2008, 07:31 PM
|- - tedstryk   Wow, it got a beautiful shot. I can't wait f...   Jun 4 2008, 12:37 AM
- - CAP-Team   Here's a simulated view:   Jun 4 2008, 10:48 AM
|- - tedstryk   I still can't wait for the raw data. There re...   Jul 4 2008, 04:40 PM
|- - tedstryk   Here is the earth moon shot using the same techniq...   Jul 4 2008, 06:43 PM
- - Paolo   Two papers about EPOXI published yesterday by arxi...   Jul 19 2008, 07:50 AM
- - Rich   As a member of the EPOXI flight team, I am astonis...   Mar 19 2009, 08:46 PM
|- - ugordan   QUOTE (Rich @ Mar 19 2009, 09:46 PM) Let ...   Mar 19 2009, 08:50 PM
|- - elakdawalla   QUOTE (Rich @ Mar 19 2009, 12:46 PM) Let ...   Mar 19 2009, 10:12 PM
|- - dmuller   QUOTE (Rich @ Mar 20 2009, 07:46 AM) Let ...   Mar 20 2009, 12:35 AM
|- - Paolo   QUOTE (Rich @ Mar 19 2009, 09:46 PM) p.s....   Mar 23 2009, 06:49 PM
||- - Rich   QUOTE (Paolo @ Mar 23 2009, 11:49 AM) I w...   Mar 23 2009, 08:27 PM
|- - Bjorn Jonsson   QUOTE (Rich @ Mar 19 2009, 08:46 PM) Let ...   Mar 25 2009, 12:03 AM
|- - Rich   QUOTE (Bjorn Jonsson @ Mar 24 2009, 05:03...   Mar 25 2009, 08:43 PM
- - Stu   Welcome aboard Rich, good to have you here! ...   Mar 19 2009, 08:55 PM
- - Rich   Daniel, the SPICE kernel you have is slightly out ...   Mar 23 2009, 05:11 PM
|- - dmuller   Dear Rich, QUOTE (Rich @ Mar 24 2009, 04...   Mar 24 2009, 12:35 AM
- - Rich   So I just got a blessing from the Ethics office. ...   Mar 23 2009, 09:52 PM
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- - elakdawalla   Sweet. Can't wait to see the pics. --Emily   Mar 27 2009, 12:49 AM
- - Rich   QUOTE (dmuller @ Mar 19 2009, 05:35 PM) I...   Mar 30 2009, 10:21 PM
- - dmuller   QUOTE (Rich @ Mar 31 2009, 09:21 AM) dmue...   Mar 31 2009, 02:51 AM
- - Rich   Hi all, I just noticed a new article on the EPOXI...   Mar 31 2009, 11:27 PM
|- - Paolo   QUOTE (Rich @ Apr 1 2009, 01:27 AM) I jus...   Apr 1 2009, 07:40 PM
|- - Paolo   QUOTE (Rich @ Apr 1 2009, 01:27 AM) Hi al...   May 26 2009, 05:05 AM
- - dmuller   QUOTE (dmuller @ Mar 31 2009, 01:51 PM) I...   Apr 4 2009, 06:55 AM
- - Rich   QUOTE (Paolo @ Apr 1 2009, 12:40 PM) Ther...   Apr 7 2009, 04:44 PM
|- - Paolo   QUOTE (Rich @ Apr 7 2009, 06:44 PM) Paolo...   Apr 7 2009, 07:26 PM
|- - tedstryk   FYI, Hubble is presently studying Hartley-2 to try...   Apr 10 2009, 06:40 PM
|- - Paolo   QUOTE (tedstryk @ Apr 10 2009, 08:40 PM) ...   Apr 12 2009, 06:48 PM
- - Paolo   A nice presentation "Remote Detection of Life...   May 21 2009, 07:15 AM
- - Paolo   There is a mission update on the EPOXI site: http:...   Jun 7 2009, 06:40 AM
- - Paolo   From the latest Discovery and New Frontiers Newsle...   Jun 21 2009, 06:38 PM
- - Paolo   Published at last Spitzer Space Telescope Observat...   Jun 26 2009, 05:07 AM
- - dmuller   There was a somewhat distant Earth flyby of Epoxi ...   Jun 30 2009, 06:24 PM
- - Paolo   A very short update on EPOXI's mission page   Aug 1 2009, 03:39 PM
- - Paolo   Browsing the DSN schedule (http://rapweb.jpl.nasa....   Aug 28 2009, 06:39 PM
|- - IM4   QUOTE (Paolo @ Aug 28 2009, 07:39 PM) Any...   Aug 29 2009, 05:03 PM
- - Paolo   I wrote to EPOXI PI to ask for some clarifications...   Aug 31 2009, 05:47 AM
- - Paolo   On ArXiv today A Search for Additional Planets in ...   Sep 17 2009, 05:09 AM
- - elakdawalla   I'm pretty sure the answer is "no" b...   Sep 24 2009, 12:49 AM
- - djellison   http://pdssbn.astro.umd.edu/missions/epoxi/index.h...   Sep 24 2009, 06:02 AM
|- - ugordan   QUOTE (djellison @ Sep 24 2009, 07:02 AM)...   Dec 22 2009, 08:21 PM
- - Rich   Hi all: Just a quick update. EPOXI scientists hav...   Sep 25 2009, 08:50 AM
- - Paolo   Yet another EPOXI-related paper on arXiv: Studying...   Dec 14 2009, 06:31 PM
- - elakdawalla   Egads. Merry Christmas from EPOCh! Thanks fo...   Dec 22 2009, 09:52 PM
|- - ugordan   23 frames from March 18, 2008, covering over 5.5 h...   Dec 22 2009, 11:48 PM
- - Paolo   No one seems to have noticed this release yet Sun ...   Jan 18 2010, 07:34 PM
|- - ugordan   Ooh, neat! More, higher resolution movies of E...   Jan 18 2010, 07:39 PM
|- - scalbers   QUOTE (Paolo @ Jan 18 2010, 07:34 PM) No ...   Jan 18 2010, 07:44 PM
- - Paolo   PDS RELEASES EPOXI (EPOCh) MISSION DATA The NASA ...   Feb 28 2010, 09:06 AM
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- - Paolo   According to the two Facebook profiles related to ...   Mar 13 2010, 11:40 AM
- - Paolo   today on arXiv: The nucleus of 103P/Hartley 2, tar...   May 11 2010, 05:09 AM
- - dmuller   EPOXI is now 3.5 days from its final(?) Earth flyb...   Jun 24 2010, 07:33 AM
- - elakdawalla   Update on the Earth flyby with a few notes about t...   Jul 1 2010, 06:58 PM
- - Paolo   There was an interesting paper on Hartley 2 this w...   Aug 29 2010, 09:19 AM
- - Rich   Salutations UMSF members, We just completed a poi...   Sep 4 2010, 01:33 AM
- - Stu   Thanks for the update, Rich, really looking forwar...   Sep 4 2010, 06:03 AM
- - Paolo   first Hartley 2 pictures from Deep Impact http://e...   Sep 8 2010, 05:37 PM
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- - djellison   Yup - it works now   Oct 12 2010, 10:44 PM
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- - Vultur   At what point will Deep Impact's pictures be h...   Oct 21 2010, 02:08 PM
|- - ugordan   Well, neither can really resolve the nucleus. DI w...   Oct 21 2010, 02:28 PM
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|- - jmknapp   QUOTE (charborob @ Oct 21 2010, 09:48 AM)...   Oct 21 2010, 04:23 PM
|- - tedstryk   QUOTE (jmknapp @ Oct 21 2010, 04:23 PM) a...   Oct 21 2010, 11:07 PM
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|- - ElkGroveDan   QUOTE (djellison @ Nov 3 2010, 04:14 PM) ...   Nov 4 2010, 12:24 AM
- - Astro0   djellison said: Be kind, it's still in Beta ...   Nov 4 2010, 02:22 AM
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|- - centsworth_II   QUOTE (cassioli @ Nov 4 2010, 05:14 AM) D...   Nov 4 2010, 11:19 AM
- - Hungry4info   The closest thing I know of is either the Eyes on ...   Nov 4 2010, 11:07 AM
- - cassioli   damn, twitter does not work at office!   Nov 4 2010, 11:56 AM
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- - stewjack   NASA TV should be covering it live. 9:30 (13:30 ...   Nov 4 2010, 01:13 PM
- - cassioli   10 minutes to closest approach.   Nov 4 2010, 01:40 PM
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