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NASA's EPOXI is a University of Maryland-led unmanned space mission that uses the existing Deep Impact vehicle to begin a new series of observations. First it will investigate extrasolar planets and, in 2010, it may visit and study Comet Hartley 2.
The new mission was originally announced in NASA Press Release 07-147 on 3 July 2007 as including flyby of Comet Boethin, but Boethin was too small and faint for its orbit to be calculated accurately, so the mission was subsequently retargeted to Hartley 2. Scientists theorize Comet Boethin may have broken up into pieces too small for detection. NASA and the University of Maryland confirmed funding for the Hartley 2 flyby in news releases issued on December 13, 2007.