The Comet Interceptor probe could visit a stunning object like the green C/2022 E3 (ZTF)

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

Scientists don’t have a way to get a spacecraft to the stunning green comet during its swing through the inner solar system — but next decade, they will, thanks to the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Comet Interceptor. That mission, scheduled to launch in 2029, will spend a few years perched nearly 1 million miles (1.5 million kilometers) away from Earth, waiting for an intriguing comet to venture deep enough into the inner solar system to fly past. But if Comet Interceptor were already in space, scientists might have sent it whizzing towards Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF).

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