Planet Mars to be hit by a comet in 2014

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Candlelight, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. Candlelight

    Candlelight Admiral Admiral

    Apr 12, 2000
    New Zealand

    We need a rescue mission to get Curiosity out of there!
  2. feek61

    feek61 Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Nov 25, 2011
    The Sunshine State
    That would be pretty amazing to witness. With or rovers and the orbiting surveying spacecraft in orbit there we could get some amazing data if it hits.
  3. Deranged Nasat

    Deranged Nasat Vice Admiral Admiral

    Really interesting; thanks, Candlelight. Am I perverse for wanting a direct strike, so we can observe the effects?
  4. YellowSubmarine

    YellowSubmarine Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Aug 17, 2010
    Pretty nasty dilemma the Martians are facing there. If they continue hiding, they'd be obliterated, if they use their comet deflection system, we'll be after their green asses. I suspect the comet trajectory might be intentional...
  5. farmkid

    farmkid Commodore Commodore

    Jun 1, 2005
    That would certainly put a damper on the current plans for manned missions to Mars.

    I wonder if the explosion would be large enough to be seen from Earth without a telescope, or even if the two planets would be aligned such that we could see it.
  6. _C_

    _C_ Commander Red Shirt

    Feb 26, 2013
    Not likely. Even at its closest pass, Mars is just an orange dot in the sky.
  7. sojourner

    sojourner Admiral Admiral

    Sep 4, 2008
    Just around the bend.
    Not at all, considering the only plan close to launching is scheduled for 4 years after the possible impact and that mission is just a flyby that won't arrive for another year after departure..
  8. Inappropriately Sexy XMas Song

    Inappropriately Sexy XMas Song Awesome Possum is making everyone uncomfortable Moderator

    Mar 13, 2001
    Is this a bit?
    The Ice Warriors are going to be pissed.
  9. Roshi

    Roshi Admiral Admiral

    Nov 22, 2004
    Quick, Curiosity, find a cave!
  10. Tiberius

    Tiberius Commodore Commodore

    Sep 28, 2005
    Depending on which side it hits, we might see it as a bright flash in the sky.
  11. Conscientious Consumer

    Conscientious Consumer Admiral Admiral

    Feb 12, 2011
    Taking up space
  12. Tiberius

    Tiberius Commodore Commodore

    Sep 28, 2005
    For my claim that we'd be able to see it? None, I'm hypothesizing that if the side where it hits is facing Earth and it is at night, we may see the flash.
  13. Deckerd

    Deckerd Fleet Arse Premium Member

    Oct 27, 2005
    the Frozen Wastes
    I think you'd only see the flash if Mars was being obliterated.
  14. RJDonner&Blitzen

    RJDonner&Blitzen Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    RJDiogenes of Boston
    It's pretty unlikely that the comet will actually hit Mars, but I'm a little concerned about our resources there. The satellites could very well be sandblasted into oblivion. The rovers would have the protection of the atmosphere, but could also be imperiled.
  15. Starkers

    Starkers Admiral Admiral

    Apr 22, 2001
    Behind Enemy Lines
    Unless they're behind it? Comets are mainly ice aren't they....OMG! :lol:
  16. Asbo Zaprudder

    Asbo Zaprudder Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jan 14, 2004
    Bulent's Cafe
    As Mars is a superior planet (outside the Earth's orbit), we only ever see its phase as gibbous or full from Earth. I think you'd probably need a telescope to observe anything out of the ordinary unless the nucleus itself were to hit the planet.
  17. Gaith

    Gaith Vice Admiral Admiral

    May 11, 2008
    San Francisco, CA
    Aaaand, there's astronomy for you: every once in while, it makes a "very near pass" at being interesting.