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Emily LakdawallaOctober 20, 2014

Status update: All Mars missions fine after Siding Spring flyby

All seven Mars spacecraft are doing perfectly fine after comet Siding Spring's close encounter with Mars. Here are individual reports from each mission on its status:

And raw images have shown up for comet observations for both Curiosity and Opportunity.

I do not see the comet in the Curiosity image, which has very bright twilight, but it's clearly visible in the Opportunity photo:

Check it out!! #MarsComet #SidingSpring imaged by Opportunity. Photo processed by "fredk"

— Emily Lakdawalla (@elakdawalla) October 20, 2014

I'm just embedding a tweet rather than formally archiving and posting an image because, for an object as faint as this comet, it's important to wait for higher-quality data than the lossily compressed JPEG versions available on raw image websites. Stay tuned -- I'll post more when I see some good images released by mission science teams!

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Read more: Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), Mars Odyssey, comets, Opportunity, mission status, Mars Express, Mars Exploration Rovers, comet Siding Spring, MAVEN, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory), Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

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