Comet Siding Spring buzzes Mars, but NASA orbiters and rovers are safe
Comet Siding Spring shaved past a planet’s surface at one third the distance of the Earth to the moon. But it wasn’t Earth in the cross hairs — it was our neighbor Mars.
The comet came so close that Mars Odyssey, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) had to duck and cover on the other side of the planet.
They’re all OK, NASA said in a statement. It will take a few days for them to transfer pictures and data to Earth.
Siding Spring has moved on. The comet does not pose a threat to Earth and was headed back out to the outer reaches of the solar system, NASA said.
"A single thread of self generation ties the cosmos, the bios, and the technos together into one creation. Humans are not the culmination of this trajectory but an intermediary, smack in the middle between the born and the made… The arc of complexity and open-ended creation in the last four billion years is nothing compared to what lies ahead."