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Field Report from Mars: Sol 3808 — October 10, 2014

Larry Crumpler • October 15, 2014 • 1

Opportunity will become a comet flyby mission beginning in mid-October. The comet Siding Spring will zoom past Mars at a distance of about 135,000 km on October 19.

Video Introduction to Comet Siding Spring’s Near Miss at Mars

Bruce Betts • October 13, 2014

On October 19, 2014, Comet Siding Spring will fly very close to Mars. Here’s a 5 minute video introduction to get you up to speed on this planetary near miss, and some suggestions on how to find out more now, during, and after the encounter.

Mars Orbiter Mission shifts orbit to take cover from Siding Spring

Srinivas Laxman • October 09, 2014

With only 10 days remaining until the arrival of Comet Siding Spring at Mars, ISRO has shielded the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) from the comet. On Tuesday MOM’s orbit was altered so as to move it behind the Red Planet when the comet arrives. MOM will carry out observations of the comet and its Mars Colour Camera will click images of it.

Comet Siding Spring: Exciting times

Karl Battams • October 06, 2014 • 5

We're now less than two weeks away from Comet Siding Spring buzzing ridiculously close to Mars, and the excitement is building - in both good and bad ways...

Preparing for A-MAVEN Science!

Karl Battams • October 03, 2014 • 3

How can we use MAVEN to learn about Comet Siding Spring, passing very close by Mars this month?

Mattias Malmer's amazing 3D views of Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Emily Lakdawalla • October 02, 2014 • 5

I'm thrilled to be able to share with you all a spectacular set of images of Rosetta's comet, produced from NavCam data by a master space image processing enthusiast.

Philae's landing day announced as Rosetta swings to comet's dark side

Emily Lakdawalla • September 26, 2014 • 2

ESA announced today that Philae will be landing on November 12, 2014. What time the landing occurs depends on which landing site they use. If they go to the prime landing site, "site J," Earth should receive word of the successful landing at 16:00 UTC (08:00 PST). If they go to the backup site, "site C," news will reach Earth at about 17:30 UTC (09:30 PST). Mark your calendars!

A Tour of 67P...

Stuart Atkinson • September 23, 2014 • 4

Stuart Atkinson takes us on a stunning guided visual tour of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

More jets from Rosetta's comet!

Emily Lakdawalla • September 19, 2014 • 9

Another lovely view of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko contains jets. Bonus: Emily explains how to use a flat field to rid these glorious Rosetta NavCam images of faint stripes and specks.

Comet Siding Spring Mars encounter: One Mars Express plan becomes two

ESA Mars Express Team • September 17, 2014 • 2

The Mars Express Flight Control Team at ESOC have been actively preparing for the flyby of comet C/2013 A1/Siding Spring on October 19. Initial estimates gave the possibility that Mars Express might be hit by 2 or 3 high-speed particles. Happily, additional observations by ground and space telescopes have shown the risk to be much lower – and perhaps even as low as zero. In today's blog post, the team explain how this (happy!) real-life, real-time development is affecting their preparations for fly-by.

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