NASA scrambles to dodge collision between Mars orbiters and Sliding Spring comet

August 6, 2014 1:47 PM

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NASA scrambles to dodge collision between Mars orbiters and Sliding Spring comet

Though the nucleus will pass safely, the tiny debris could be devastating

For a particle just half of a millimeter across, the detritus from Comet Sliding Spring is causing an awful lot of headaches for NASA. All three of its Mars orbiters need to be moved, as they fear a collision with the tiny particles could damage the spacecraft.

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