The comet Siding Spring 2013 whizzed past Mars on Oct. 19, leaving the constellation of scientific spacecraft orbiting the planet undamaged and beginning to transmit the scientific take from their unprecedented close encounters with an Oort Cloud object. Control centers in Europe, India and the U.S. all reported their orbiting spacecraft healthy after the high-speed flyby, and NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Opportunity sent the first images ever of a comet taken from the surface ...

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