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Mar 1 2013 5:10pm

Mars Will Have a Close Call with a Comet in 2014

Mars comet 2014

On October 19th 2014 a comet by the name of Siding Spring (C/2013A1) will be shooting very close to Mars, at a distance of 25,476 miles, the outer space equivalent of a planet’s driveway or how close Earth’s geosynchronous satellites are in relation to our own planet. And while the comet won’t actually hit Mars directly, it will cause some havoc with spacecraft currently on and orbiting Mars, as the tail of the comet will expel dust, ice, and formerly frozen gases as it cross the planet’s orbit. Take cover, little Curiosity!

[News via Planetary.org]

1 comment
fin
1. fin
Why is there a Klingon bird of prey in your picture of Mars exploding?

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