Thursday, 28 March 2013

Collision Course? A Comet Heads for Mars

March 27, 2013: Over the years, the spacefaring nations of Earth have sent dozens of probes and rovers to explore Mars.  Today there are three active satellites circling the red planet while two rovers, Opportunity and Curiosity, wheel across the red sands below.  Mars is dry, barren, and apparently lifeless.

Soon, those assets could find themselves exploring a very different kind of world.
"There is a small but non-negligible chance that Comet 2013 A1 will strike Mars next year in October of 2014," says Don Yeomans of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program at JPL.  "Current solutions put the odds of impact at 1 in 2000."

Mars Comet (Splash)
In a new ScienceCast video, experts discuss what might happen if Comet 2013 A1 hits Mars.

More - Link >>> http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2013/26mar_marscomet/

Source: NASA Science News.

Related Blog Post ---

Could a Comet Hit Mars in 2014? (2013 March 2):

Link >>> http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2013/03/could-comet-hit-mars-in-2014.html 


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