Monday, 28 July 2014

NASA prepares Mars orbiters for comet close encounter

In October, Mars will encounter comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring, which will come closer to the Red Planet than any recorded comet has passed to Earth. This spectacular event isn't just an astronomical curiosity, it’s also a potential hazard to NASA’s armada of orbiting explorers, so the space agency is taking steps to protect them from damage by the cosmic visitor. .. Continue Reading NASA prepares Mars orbiters for comet close encounter

Section: Space

Tags: Mars, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Science Laboratory, NASA, Opportunity,Solar System, Spacecraft, University of Maryland

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