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Did Comet ISON survive? Scientists see tiny hope

STOCKHOLM (AP) - Scientists are studying spacecraft images to find out whether a small part of Comet ISON survived its close encounter with the sun.

The comet at first seemed to have fallen apart as it approached the sun's sizzling surface, but new images today show a streak of light that some say could indicate it's not game over just yet.

U.S. Navy solar researcher Karl Battams writes on his blog that "it does appear that at least some small fraction of ISON has remained in one piece." He cautions that even if there is a solid nucleus, it may not survive for long.

The European Space Agency, which had declared ISON's death on Twitter late Thursday, is now backtracking, saying the comet "continues to surprise."


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