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Video: Comet Siding Spring’s close encounter with Mars

Here’s a 2-minute video on the comet’s October 19 near-miss of Mars, and how orbiting spacecraft will evade onslaught of dust particles from the comet.

Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring will make a very close flyby of Mars on October 19. Passing at a distance of only 87,000 miles – that’s little more than 1/3 the distance between Earth and our moon – it’ll be a near miss of the Red Planet. Find out how NASA’s Mars orbiters will evade the onslaught of dust particles from the comet.

Want to know more? Everything you need to know, including the latest news, about Comet Siding Spring is here.

Eleanor Imster