Curiosity Rover Sees a Pixel’s-Worth of Comet Siding Spring

In this panoramic view taken by NASA's Curiosity Rover on October 19th shortly after local sunset (6:11 p.m.), Comet Siding Spring is the single bright pixel at far upper left. Click for a high resolution version. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems/James Sorenson

In this panoramic view taken by NASA’s Curiosity Rover on October 19th shortly after local sunset (6:11 p.m.), Comet Siding Spring may be the single bright pixel at far upper left. Two stars are also visible near the center in the lower third of the photo. Click for a high resolution version. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems/James Sorenson

When Comet Siding Spring skimmed just 84,500 miles from Mars last month, NASA’s Opportunity and Curiosity Rovers – along with several orbiting Mars spacecraft – readied their cameras to record the historic flyby. Opportunity’s photos revealed a small, fuzzy blob against the stars of Cetus the Whale, but most of us searched in vain to find any trace of the comet among the blizzard of noise in pictures snapped by Curiosity. Yet it may be there after all. (…)
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