Hubble Space Telescope
The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has the capability of
obtaining the highest resolution images of all observations and will
be monitoring the comet up until the impact and then looking at
Jupiter during and after the impact. The objective of these
observations was to better constrain astrometry, impact times, and
fragment sizes, study the near-fragment region and perform deep
spectroscopy on the comet. During collisions the HST
imaged the fireball at the limb, and after collisions
the atmosphere, rings, satellites, and magnetosphere have been monitored
for changes caused by the collision. The HST will devote
approximately 18 hours of time with the wide field / planetary camera.
The disk of Jupiter is about 150 pixels across in the images, a
resolution of about 1000 km/pixel.
Other information on Hubble observations is available at the
Space Telescope Institute.
Hubble press release on SL-9 collision results (29 September 1994)
Dr. David R. Williams, email@example.com
NSSDC, Mail Code 690.1
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771
NASA Official: Ed Grayzeck, firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Updated: 08 January 1997, DRW