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An artist’s impression of the Solar Orbiter facing the sun.(Image Credit: European Space Agency website)

In rare encounter, ESA’s Solar Orbiter set to pass through Comet ATLAS’ tail

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Anubha Rohatgi
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2020 12:04 AM IST
A chance encounter with comet ATLAS, however, wasn’t part of Solar Orbiter’s original mission. According to ESA, a space mission’s flyby through a comet’s tail is a rare event, something that has been recorded only six times previously and even then these encounters were discovered in the spacecraft data after the event.
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