Thursday, July 07, 2005

NASA Rocks Comet, Comets Rock NASA

Here's something from Yahoo!:

A day after NASA scientists blasted a hole in a comet, The Comets struck back. Five surviving members of the rock 'n' roll band Bill Haley & The Comets paid tribute to the space agency's Deep Impact team by hosting an outdoor concert Tuesday at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The Comets — Johnny Grande, Marshall Lytle, Dick Richards, Joey Ambrose and Franny Beecher — performed several of their greatest hits including "Shake, Rattle and Roll," "See You Later Alligator" and "Rock Around The Clock" during an hourlong concert. About 400 scientists and engineers — including dozens of Deep Impact members who spent a sleepless Fourth of July weekend on the project — danced along to the music.

...The goal of the Deep Impact mission was to smash a crater in comet Tempel 1 to study the pristine material in its core. Comets are considered remnants of the early solar system and studying them could provide insight into how the sun and planets formed 4.5 billion years ago.
The solo for "Rock Around the Clock" is just about the best ever in a rock song.

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