Deep Impact is the eighth mission in the Discovery Program, designed to investigate the interior of a cometary nucleus. The two-piece spacecraft was launched on 12 January 2005 and successfully encountered the comet 9P/Tempel 1 on 4 July 2005. About 24 hours before the spacecraft encountered the comet, the flyby spacecraft released the impactor spacecraft, a 1/2-ton copper projectile equipped with a visible CCD, to hit the comet's nucleus. This impact ejected material from the interior of the comet out into space and produced a crater that is believed to be at least 100-m in diameter. The flyby spacecraft and its three instruments survived the encounter with Tempel 1, and resumed operations from October 2007 to February 2011 for the EPOXI mission.
The SBN is the lead PDS node to archive the Deep Impact mission data. The Deep Impact Project Data Management Plan is available as a PDF file (518Kb).
Use the Small Bodies Data Ferret to find other datasets for this mission/target.