We humans can form curious attachments to non-living things, so when Comet Ison veered toward the sun, naturally we rooted for the plucky iceball. After seeing it mostly vanish after brushing the corona, though, scientists feared the worst. Cue the heroic music, though, as new footage released early today (after the break) shows that at least a small chunk of the 1.4 mile-wide comet has emerged from the brutal encounter. It’s looking a bit ragged after all that, so scientists will have to wait a bit more to make a final call on its health. Hopefully it’ll still be classed as “comet” rather than “scorched hunk of rock.”
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