NASA hopes to be able to capture this once in a million years event by taking a photograph as it reaches closest to Mars. It is very likely that people on Earth won’t be able to see it on the sky as the deep space snowball will near a close shave of Mars.
The one mile wide in diameter comet was discovered back in January 2013 at Australia’s Siding Spring Observatory by Robert McNaught. Astronomy experts explain that comets such as this one are essentially formed of dust, icy snowballs and rocks all embedded in frozen gasses. But what makes this particular event important is that scientists believe they will get an insight about our solar system from 4.6 billion years ago because this is the comet’s first run towards the center of our solar system.
NASA’s two rovers will capture photos of the comet as it will pass by Mars. But Curiosity and Opportunity are not the only two rovers which will be able to capture and send data back to Earth for us to study. There are many spacecraft on and around Mars that will be able to record an event which is of a particularly great interest to scientists.