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Mars Orbiter Spies Comet ISON 41

astroengine writes "Scientists managing the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have released their first observations of the incoming Comet ISON. The MRO was commanded to turn away its perpetual Mars-ward gaze and point into deep space to capture its own snapshot of the famous comet. ISON is currently making its closest approach to the red planet, passing just 7 million miles from its surface. The first raw images were snapped on Sept. 29 when the object was 8 million miles from the planet and more images (taken on Oct. 1 and Oct. 2) are currently being processed."
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Mars Orbiter Spies Comet ISON

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  • Miles? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 03, 2013 @07:32AM (#45023447)

    Can we make a rule that says non-metric units are completely banned from Slashdot? I'm from Omaha, but I use Metric because I care about science and math. This site is supposed to be for people like me, not people that are holding the United States back and putting as at manufacturing and STEM disadvantages relative to every other country on Earth by insisting on using inferior and obsolete forms of measurement.

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