Red Planet orbiters on red alert as Comet Siding Spring looms

August 7, 2014 3:43 AM

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Comet Siding Spring will make a close encounter with Mars, and NASA is moving orbiters out of the way, fearing damage to the vehicles.(Photo : NASA/JPL-Caltech)

The Mars Odyssey orbiter will be forced to change its orbit to avoid possible dangers when Comet Siding Spring makes a close encounter with the Red Planet. Orbital correction happens on Aug. 5, in anticipation of the celestial encounter taking place on Oct. 19.

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