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NASA Space Probe Reaches Comet

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NASA Space Probe Reaches Comet

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NASA Space Probe Reaches Comet

NASA Space Probe Reaches Comet

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The Deep Impact probe is struck by comet Tempel 1. NASA hide caption

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Fourth of July fireworks started early in California as scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory celebrated the collision of its space probe with a comet 83 million miles away.

The impact occurred at 1:52 a.m. EDT Monday, according to NASA. Scientists hope the experiment will shed light on the formation of planets in the solar system billions of years ago.

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