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NASA: Stay tuned for images of comet Siding Spring from Mars
NASA: Stay tuned for images of comet Siding Spring from Mars

Comet Siding Spring has flown past Mars, but the NASA satellites in orbit around the Red Planet are continuing to study the mysterious visitor from the solar system’s distant Oort cloud. All three spacecraft – the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Odyssey and Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, aka MAVEN – captured data that are being relayed to NASA scientists. It could take a few more days for all of the data to be downlinked and processed, according to the space agency. The teamwork should help researchers get a fuller picture of comet Siding Spring, which blazed by Mars on Sunday at the incredible speed of 125,000 mph. At its closest approach about 11:27 a.m....

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