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EPOXI Newsletter - Sep 2010


  • Status Report
    Dr. A'Hearn tells us that course corrections are complete until the spacecraft gets closer to the comet, the mission has its Critical Events Readiness Review later in September, and that the spacecraft begins regular observation of comet Hartley 2. In the most recent update, he talks about the first week of observations of the comet.
    Mission Status
  • The Daily Comet
    In this new regular feature, we will have blog postings from one of our young scientists as well as an image of the comet taken by the spacecraft. Dr. Sebastien Besse started working for the mission last year and he thinks it's 'really a cool mission.' He wants to share his adventures on the mission with you!
    The Daily Comet


This month we meet Mr. Malcolm Hartley, the discoverer of the EPOXI Mission's target comet Hartley 2 (yes, it was the second comet he discovered). But comet hunting was not his job! What does he think about EPOXI visiting his comet up close and personal? Find out!
Malcolm's Up Close & Personal
All biographies



Denver Museum of Nature Science: Exploring Small Worlds in the Solar System We're offering a one-day science educator workshop right out of this world! On Saturday, October 16 McREL is teaming with NASA's Discovery Program missions, Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS) and the Space Science Institute's National Center of Interactive Learning (NCIL) to herald the Dawn, Stardust-NExT and EPOXI missions' arrival at their respective comets and asteroids in the next twelve months.

Don Yeomans, Manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office, will speak to participants. Scientists and engineers from Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Lockheed Martin, and Ball Aerospace will join educators sharing mission activities to give unique, real-life perspective on the science concepts. SSI/NCIL will introduce their new asteroids and comets exhibition, Great Balls of Fire, and participants will have a chance to explore DMNS's Space Odyssey! Optional credit is available through the Colorado School of Mines.
Information and Registration

Participants will also have the opportunity to attend an evening star party held at the University of Denver's Chamberlin Observatory and co-hosted by members from the Denver Astronomical Society as part of the Colorado Astronomy Day also on 16 October.



  • The Students of Breakthrough Collaborative Kent Denver!
    Last month, you met the teachers of Breakthrough Collaborative Kent Denver as Whitney Cobb, McREL, introduced them to the Discovery Program missions EPOXI and Stardust-NExT through explorations during a Week of the Comet. This month, meet the kids and get a sense of how this dynamic program launches them into learning!
    Breakthrough, part 2
  • Hubble 3-D IMAX Opening and EPOXI??
    Missions often rely on interested individuals, mission personnel and informal science centers for much of their advertising and public outreach. Read how one amateur club supported both their local museum and EPOXI by sharing their time, knowledge and enthusiasm over 2 days for the premier of a new show at the museum.
    Fort Lauderdale Report
    Scheduled for 29 Sept at 17:30 UTC (1:30pm EDT, 10:30am PDT), this live broadcast will take place at JPL in the EPOXI Mission Support Area (MSA) and will feature mission manager Tim Larson and science team member Dr. Don Yeomans. They'll be talking about the Trajectory Course Maneuver (TCM) that will be happening that day. Details will be posted on the mission website soon.
  • EPOXI Leads the Way in Latest Discovery Newsletter
    EPOXI is just one of several Discovery Program Missions. Be sure to check out the latest newsletter that summarizes various missions' activities.


  • Facebook
    Become a fan of the EPOXI Mission on Facebook! Newsletters will only be once a month, but FB postings will be more frequent. Check out images of 103P/Hartley posted by fans and take advantage of opportunities to chat with "Deep Impact Flyby."
  • Twitter
    Not on Facebook! That's all right, you can stay up to date by following "cometexplorer" on Twitter.
  • "Add This" Share Button
    Did you see an interesting page on the EPOXI website? Want to share it with your friends? It's now easier to do that since we've added a Share Button on all of the pages. You can post a page to your Facebook, MySpace or other social network. You can also email, Digg, Twitter... Just look for the "Add This" button in the left column on any page.


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EPOXI E-News features information about the mission, its outreach web site, and products, services, and materials available from the EPOXI Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) team. 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 observed stars that are known to have transiting giant planets. The Deep Impact Extended Investigation (DIXI) of comets observes comet 103P/Hartley 2 during a close flyby in November 2010. The EPOXI mission is a partnership among the University of Maryland (UMD), the California Institute of Technology's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Ball Aerospace and Technology Corp (BATC), and Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). EPOXI is a NASA Discovery mission of opportunity. See our website at


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