Comet Interceptor Probe May Visit Stunning Object Like Green C/2022 E3 (ZTF)

Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is tempting to spot through a telescope, but what would it look like up close?

Scientists have no way to get a spacecraft into the stunning green comet as it swings through the interior solar system – but the next decade they will, thanks to the comet interceptor of the European Space Agency (ESA). This mission, scheduled for launch in 2029, will spend a few years perched nearly 1 million miles (1.5 million kilometers) from Earth, waiting for an intriguing comet to venture deep enough into the inner solar system to fly overhead. But if Comet Interceptor was already in space, scientists might have sent it to Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF).

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