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NASA Deep Impact: Spacecraft and mission profile

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Launched in January 2005, NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft traveled about 431 million kilometers (268 million miles) to the vicinity of comet Tempel 1.

NASA Deep Impact - artist's conceptionNASA Deep Impact - artist's conception

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander: Spacecraft and mission profile

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Mars is a cold desert planet with no liquid water on its surface. But in the Martian arctic, water ice lurks just below ground level.

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander: During the first 25 seconds after NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander deploys its parachute, the spacecraft will jettison its heat shield and extend its three legs.NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander: During the first 25 seconds after NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander deploys its parachute, the spacecraft will jettison its heat shield and extend its three legs.

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