C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring)

Spacecraft status and observation reports after close encounter with Comet Siding Spring

Comet Siding Spring hurtled past Mars at about 56 km/s only 139 000 km away from its surface at 18:27 UTC on October 19, 2014. The period when dust from the comet was most likely to reach Mars and the orbits of spacecraft around Mars peaked about 100 minutes later. Acco

October 20, 2014

Observing Comet Siding Spring flyby Mars - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Comet Siding Spring will make its historic approach to Mars around 18:27 UTC on Sunday, October 19, 2014, and pass within 139 500 km (88 000 miles) away from planet's surface. That is less than half the distance between Earth and its moon and less than one-tenth

October 17, 2014

Space fleet ready for Siding Spring's historic brush with Mars

C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) is scheduled for a very close flyby at only about 139 500 km (88 000 miles) away from the surface of Mars on October 19, 2014 around 18:27 UTC. That is less than half the distance between Earth and its moon and less than one-tenth the distance

October 10, 2014

MAVEN arrives to Mars one month before Comet Siding Spring

At 02:24 UTC today NASA's MAVEN spacecraft reached planet Mars and entered its orbit. MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) is the first spacecraft dedicated to exploring the tenuous upper atmosphere of Mars. It is expected to begin its primary mission in a

September 22, 2014

Colliding atmospheres - Mars vs Comet Siding Spring

It's a known fact that planets have atmospheres, but the same can't be said for comets. The atmosphere of a comet, called its "coma," is made of gas and dust that spew out of the sun-warmed nucleus and it's typically wider than Jupiter.La

August 13, 2014

Mars spacecraft preparing for Comet Siding Spring's close flyby

As Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring heads toward a close flyby of Mars on October 19, 2014, NASA and ESA are both taking steps to protect their Mars orbiters, while still preserving opportunities to gather valuable scientific data. Six days after p

July 26, 2014

Swift calculates water production of Mars-bound comet Siding Spring

In late May, NASA's Swift satellite imaged comet Siding Spring, which will brush astonishingly close to Mars on October 19, 2014. These optical and ultraviolet observations are the first to reveal how rapidly the comet is producing water and allow astronomers to

June 20, 2014

Hubble spots Mars-bound comet Siding Spring sprout multiple jets

NASA released a new image of a comet C/2013 A1 - Siding Spring today. With relative speed of 56 km/s this comet will pass extraordinarily close to Mars on October 19, 2014. It is expected to fly by Mars within 135 185 km (84 000 miles), which

March 27, 2014

Comet Siding Spring set for a close encounter with Mars - epic meteor shower expected

C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) is a long-period comet set for a very close encounter with Mars later this year. Although early estimates of its orbit showed a good possibility of impact, latest observations suggest a near miss and raise great concern for Mars

January 28, 2014