Comet Hartley 2 up close and personal (Photos)
This is the center of a comet, seen from 435 miles away. The Deep Impact NASA spacecraft captured the images of the comet Hartley 2 in the early hours of Thursday morning, revealing a peanut-shaped rock, spewing poisonous gases.
Deep Impact has been on the trail of comets for years, first sending a probe to crash into the comet Tempel 1 in 2005 to reveal the insides of a comet. Scientists hope the new images will explain how the Earth and the planets formed and evolved because comets are considered the "icy leftovers from the formation of the solar system about 4.5 billion years ago."
| November 5, 2010; 8:13 AM ET
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