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(The Planetary Society)   On October 19, seven spacecraft will accidentally run into Comet Siding Spring while feverishly snapping photos. No word if the comet is related to Sean Penn   (planetary.org ) divider line
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2014-08-14 11:42:24 PM  
Well no. Four of the craft are on the surface of mars, and aren't running into it in any way. Three orbiters are changing orbits so they'll be on the far side of mars. But the picture snapping is true.
 
2014-08-14 11:51:07 PM  
What farktard named that comet?
 
2014-08-15 12:11:11 AM  
Subby has a strange concept of "accidentally".
 
2014-08-15 01:15:11 AM  

toddalmighty: What farktard named that comet?



This one.
 
2014-08-15 01:52:18 AM  
TLDNR
 
2014-08-15 02:01:18 AM  

Podmore: Well no. Four of the craft are on the surface of mars, and aren't running into it in any way. Three orbiters are changing orbits so they'll be on the far side of mars. But the picture snapping is true.


Only two of them are on the surface: Opportunity and Curiosity.  Everything else that has ever been put on the surface has been dead for years.    In orbit are Mars Odyssey, Mars Express, and MRO.   Two additional spacecraft are headed towards Mars are scheduled to be in Mars orbit by the time the comet arrived: MAVEN and the Indian mission called Mars Orbiter Mission.

Yes they will be putting the orbiters in the far side of Mars at the comet's closest approach.   But the orbits are not very long.  MRO has a 112 minute orbit.   That means the spacecraft won't be behind Mars for very long, but they think most of the danger will be in those few minutes.
 
2014-08-15 03:04:09 AM  
Yay!  That's my birthday ;)
 
2014-08-15 03:35:02 AM  

SpinStopper: Yay!  That's my birthday ;)


Hotel Sierra. Will you be hangin out here for the pass? I'm gonna put it on my calendar.
 
2014-08-15 03:39:15 AM  

Kittypie070: toddalmighty: What farktard named that comet?


This one.


Nice.
 
2014-08-15 04:12:59 AM  

red5ish: Kittypie070: toddalmighty: What farktard named that comet?


This one.

Nice.


*happy, yet smarmy smirk*

Thanks.
 
2014-08-15 05:29:26 AM  

Kittypie070: SpinStopper: Yay!  That's my birthday ;)

Hotel Sierra. Will you be hangin out here for the pass? I'm gonna put it on my calendar.


What, exactly, do you mean?  I will likely be on Earth, but living in Spokane, Washington, at the time....  I'm leaving Houston for now.... ;)
 
2014-08-15 06:49:24 AM  
I mean hangin out here on Fark, while the comet is passing, and gabbing with us crazies. :)
 
2014-08-15 07:18:53 AM  
What does Sean Penn have to do with it? Is there a shotgun involved?
 
2014-08-15 07:28:40 AM  
I mean...no one's required to hang around here!!
 
2014-08-15 08:19:30 AM  
funhoo.com
 
2014-08-15 08:52:51 AM  
*rolls Phobos around like a lumpy marble*
 
2014-08-15 09:26:08 AM  

SpinStopper: Yay!  That's my birthday ;)


My birthday too.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-08-15 09:48:58 AM  

Kittypie070: toddalmighty: What farktard named that comet?


This one.


Damn.

That would make for an impressive resume.
 
2014-08-15 11:03:18 AM  
Timely reference, subby.
 
2014-08-15 12:11:13 PM  

Podmore: Well no. Four of the craft are on the surface of mars, and aren't running into it in any way. Three orbiters are changing orbits so they'll be on the far side of mars. But the picture snapping is true.


No.  It's 5 in orbit, two on the ground.  That's billions of dollars of hardware (not to mention that if we lose our orbiters we lose Opportunity and Curiosity is useless until a replacement communications relay is sent) we don't want to lose.
 
2014-08-15 12:11:59 PM  
Worst. headline.ever.
 
2014-08-15 01:02:51 PM  

Kittypie070: I mean hangin out here on Fark, while the comet is passing, and gabbing with us crazies. :)


Of course. I damned near live here ;)
 
2014-08-15 01:18:55 PM  
Emily Lakdawalla

Her again. I remember this name, I'm guessing an Aussie language. But she looks about as white as it's possible to look:

planetary.s3.amazonaws.com
 
2014-08-15 01:42:46 PM  
What is a "Comet Siding Spring"? I didn't know comets had siding, much less siding with springs behind it.
 
2014-08-15 02:41:53 PM  

Kittypie070: toddalmighty: What farktard named that comet?


This one.


What is this crap: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_H._McNaught#Funding_issues

How does that make any sense with: He is a prolific discoverer of asteroids and comets, described as "the world's greatest comet discoverer"[1]

There's a whole universe up there waiting to be discovered, and yet because there's no towelheads with oil for us to bomb the shiat out of, there's no money for astronomy?
 
2014-08-15 02:44:55 PM  

Fark like a Barsoomian: Kittypie070: toddalmighty: What farktard named that comet?


This one.

What is this crap: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_H._McNaught#Funding_issues

How does that make any sense with: He is a prolific discoverer of asteroids and comets, described as "the world's greatest comet discoverer"[1]

There's a whole universe up there waiting to be discovered, and yet because there's no towelheads with oil for us to bomb the shiat out of, there's no money for astronomy?


Yeah, that's pretty much it.
 
2014-08-16 10:26:59 AM  

Fark like a Barsoomian: What is this crap: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_H._McNaught#Funding_issues

How does that make any sense with: He is a prolific discoverer of asteroids and comets, described as "the world's greatest comet discoverer"[1]

There's a whole universe up there waiting to be discovered, and yet because there's no towelheads with oil for us to bomb the shiat out of, there's no money for astronomy?


Even though junk from the sky could be more deadly that those terrorists.  Look at this one--close enough to make the Martians need fresh underwear.  We are a bigger target than Mars.
 
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