Yesterday NASA’s recycled spacecraft EPOXI (which was the second part of the spacecraft that released the probe that collided with comet Tempel 1 on July 4, 2005) encountered it’s second comet (Hartley 2) on a close fly-by, thus saving money by reusing expensive space-probes.
Even though no collisions were planned, the close fly-by produced several good photos that will keep astro-physicists happy for decades.
I wonder if they can reuse this probe for further missions.
With this new GOPer Congress that just got selected..er..elected, no new monies are going to be forthcoming for NASA IMHO.
NASA’s EPOXI Hartley 2 Encounter