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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mars Comet Encounter This Sunday!


Comet Heading Towards Mars - Courtesy NASA

Article: Comet's Mars Flyby Sunday Has Scientists Abuzz - Space.com

Comet Siding Spring will come within 87,000 miles of Mars on Sunday. This kind of event only happens once every million years. So, scientists are very eager to get a good look at the comet with those satellites orbiting Mars. They are curious to see what impact the particles from the comet might have on the thin atmosphere of Mars. The comet is thought to be about 4.6 billion years old. This would make it almost as old at the solar system itself.

ReelNASA Channel: Live Feed - NASA

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