Solar Swan Song: NASA Satellite Witnesses a Comet's Plunge into the Sun

Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 16:00 in Astronomy & Space

As dramatic exits go, it's on par with Major T. J. "King" Kong riding a falling nuclear bomb like a rodeo bull at the end of Dr. Strangelove . A NASA spacecraft has documented a comet's demise as it plunged toward the sun at 600 kilometers per second, broke apart and vaporized inside the solar atmosphere. [More]

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