When will the comet hit? What will be the size
of the crater? Are the astronauts in danger from
the ejecta? The Comet Tracking Team will examine
the comet size and distance to the moon to
determine the time of impact and the ejecta
Comet Tracking Team members will use the following materials during the preparation and during the mission:
Real time data
The following data feeds will be given to the comet team members to be analyzed. Students will get a new set of data every 5 minutes:
- Comet size (in meters)
- Distance to the Moon (in kilometers)
- Speed (in kilometers/second)
During the mission students will use the data feeds to perform the following calculations:
Time to impact (in seconds and hours)
Distance reached by "ejecta" thrown up by the impact (in kilometers)
Size of crater (in kilometers)
The Comet Team members will make calculations, graph data, plot the path of the comet and answer very important questions:
When will the comet hit?
- What will be the size of the crater?
- How far will the ejecta travel?