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Huge Comet Will Barely Miss Mars!

In a few weeks, a comet will come so close to Mars that it will barely miss it! Dr. Ian O’Neill joins DNews to discuss what NASA is doing to prepare for this historic event.

Follow Ian on Twitter: https://twitter.com/astroengine

Read More:
Why a Mars Comet Impact Would be Awesome
http://news.discovery.com/space/why-mars-getting-hit-by-a-comet-would-be-awesome-13032.htm
“When Jupiter’s tides ripped Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 to shreds, only for the icy chunks to succumb to the intense Jovian gravity, ultimately slamming into the gas giant’s atmosphere, mankind was treated to a rare cosmic spectacle (in human timescales at least).”

NASA Mars Spacecraft Prepare for Close Comet Flyby
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2014-244&utm_source=iContact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NASAJPL&utm_content=comet20140725
“NASA is taking steps to protect its Mars orbiters, while preserving opportunities to gather valuable scientific data, as Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring heads toward a close flyby of Mars on Oct. 19.”

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_Reconnaissance_Orbiter#mediaviewer/File:Mars_Reconnaissance_Orbiter.jpg
“Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter over Nilosyrtis Mensae – NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter passes above a portion of the planet called Nilosyrtis Mensae in this artist’s concept illustration.”

ScienceCasts: Collision Course? A Comet Heads for Mars
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1T2eBSexgX4

Watch More:
Finding Life on Mars
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJpdAm8C4kw
TestTube Wild Card
http://testtube.com/dnews/dnews-462-cool-sound-waves?utm_campaign=DNWC&utm_medium=DNews&utm_source=YT
Turning Mars Into Earth
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJRcBeVQOhw

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