White Mountain, Deep Impact

High atop a windswept, extinct volcano on the island of
Hawai’i are some of the better, if not the best, astronomical
sites on Earth. The Mauna Kea
Observatories
include 13 telescopes run by eleven
different countries, including the world’s largest
optical/infrared scope, the Keck
Observatory
.

Hence, it is not surprising that Mauna Kea was factored in
to NASA’s
Deep Impact
mission to comet Tempel 1. According
to this
article
, NASA planned the impact of its probe so that
telescopes on Mauna Kea would have the best view
possible.

Assuming that the July 3rd mission goes as planned, the
Hawaii observatories (and their sister observatories on the
island of Mau’i) should have the first, and perhaps best
views, of the experiment.

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