Comet Sliding Spring blasts past Mars

October 20, 2014 12:24 PM

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Comet Sliding Spring blasts past Mars

Even at a distance of 87,000 miles, the comet’s tail of dust, debris, and gas could have done serious damage to NASA’s Mars orbiters.

If this were a Hollywood disaster movie, we would be sending Bruce Willis in the space to blow up a comet. Luckily, comet C/2013 A1 (also known as “Sliding Spring”) poses no real threat to Earth and will miss us by quite a fair distance. Still, Sliding Spring caused a bit of a fuss over the weekend,...

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