Mars spacecraft safe after fortuitous comet encounter

October 21, 2014 2:25 AM

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Mars spacecraft safe after fortuitous comet encounter

A fleet of robotic spacecraft orbiting Mars got a front row seat to space history Sunday and lived to tell about it, giving scientists their first close-up look at a comet fresh from a cloud of primordial mini-worlds at the outer reaches of the solar system.

The HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter took these images of comet Siding Spring, the first resolved images of a long-period comet's nucleus. HiRISE took the pictures nine minutes apart at a range of 138,000 kilometers (86,000 miles) from the comet, yielding a scale of about 138 mete...

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