Scientists worldwide are pleased with the images and data generated by a constellation of at least 15 spacecraft—five of them in Mars orbit—when they turned away from their normal targets Oct. 19 to study an extremely rare visitor from the outer edge of the Solar System. The Comet designated C/2013 A1 Siding Spring passed within 87,000 mi. of Mars, giving spacecraft and ground telescopes an unprecedented chance to study a pristine object from the Oort Cloud close up. The vast ...

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