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ISS007-E-10807 (21 July 2003) --- This view of Earth's horizon as the sunsets over the Pacific Ocean was taken by an Expedition 7 crewmember onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Anvil tops of thunderclouds are also visible. Credit: Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center

Image Credit: ISS007-E-10807 (21 July 2003) – Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center

Deep Impact Coverage: RADIO Frontier Channel Episode 09 – Let’s Bomb the Hell out of a Comet


RADIO Frontier Channel Episode 09 Cover The Frontier Channel is proud to announce a brand new format for the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast. Because science and technology news is usually better presented visually, I will begin adding a presentation of images and movies you can click through while listening to the podcast. “Episode 09 – Let’s Bomb the Hell out of a Comet” is the first episode to presented in this format.

How does it work? If you subscribe to the show with a podcast client (such as iTunes, iPodder, iPodderX, or Doppler) start listening to the episode in your favorite music player. Then in your web browser head on over to the show notes for that episode on the RADIO Frontier Channel site. Find the presentation link under the “Show Notes” heading. Clicking on the link will take you to the first slide (don’t worry, it is a regular web page and doesn’t require any special software to view.) Each page will be clearly labeled with the slide number. During the podcast I will tell you when it is time to click on the “Next Slide” link. Navigation is easy (“Previous Slide” | “Back to Show Notes” | “Next Slide”.)

If you like to listen to the podcast right in your web browser, open up one tab to start playing the podcast, and a second tab to follow along in the visual presentation. If your web browser does not support tabs, just open two separate browser windows: one for the podcast and one for the visual presentation.

For “Episode 09 – Let’s Bomb the Hell out of a Comet” I have provided eleven slides of some of the best Deep Impact mission images released so far by NASA, including images of the spectacular impact that took place late Sunday night, July 03, 2005. I have even included a short film of the impact created from several images taken by the Flyby spacecraft. I tried to keep each slide clutter and text-free (except for appropriate credits) so that the image or movie is the main focus. Listen to the podcast for a description of each one, including some sound bites from NASA’s coverage of the event that will help put it all in perspective. If you would like to skip directly to the first slide of the Deep Impact Presentation, click here.

Below is the “Episode 09 – Let’s Bomb the Hell out of a Comet” show notes description:

“Welcome to a very special “Let’s Bomb the Hell out of a Comet” edition of RADIO Frontier Channel. I am your host, Richard Leis. Deep Impact’s coffee table-sized Impactor smashed into the nucleus of Comet Tempel 1 late Sunday night and the images received so far have been spectacular. The traffic to the Deep Impact website yesterday proves yet again that people love a summer blockbuster, but this time reality proved itself to have better special effects than any movie. Join me for an audio tour of the event and follow along with a visual presentation on the RADIO Frontier Channel website, including some of the best images taken by Deep Impact during the mission. Head on over to, click on the Episode 09 “Show Notes” link, and then click on the “Deep Impact Presentation” link. We will start with Slide 1 and I will let you know during the podcast when to move on to the next slide.”

After listening to the show and looking at the images and movies, let me know what you think. Contact information is provided on the show notes page and in the podcast. I hope merging podcast audio with visual presentations will provide listeners a much better way to experience the thrill of science and technology at the frontier. If you have any suggestions for improvements, please let me know!

RADIO Frontier Channel Podcast

Episode 09 – Let’s Bomb the Hell out of a Comet” – listen to the podcast and follow along with the Deep Impact Presentation

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