The mission’s emphasis has changed from drive, drive, drive to systematic layer-by-layer investigation. “Curiosity flew hundreds of millions of miles to do this.”
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Up to half of the water on Earth and throughout our solar system likely originated as ices that formed in interstellar space.
Antifreeze blood helps fish called notothenioids survive in icy Antarctic waters. The down side is that the ice crystals in their blood don’t melt as temperatures warm.
T Tauri stars – infant solar systems – were thought to have powerful stellar winds. Astronomers have now observed T Tauri winds and might know what’s causing them.
Northwestern Florida was thought to get hit by a hurricane with a five-meter (16-foot) storm surge every 400 years. In fact, the frequency may be every 40 years.
Sea ice in the Arctic continued its below-average trend this year as ice declined to its annual minimum. Meanwhile, in Antarctica, sea ice was at a record high.
NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft – first spacecraft dedicated to exploring Mars’ upper atmosphere – successfully entered orbit on September 21, 2014 at 10:24 p.m. EDT.
It’s an unlikely object in an improbable place — a monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest galaxies ever known.
Peak tornado activity typically occurs in the region from early May to early July. It has moved an average of seven days earlier over the past six decades.
Spinosaurus was the largest known predatory dinosaur to roam the Earth. Scientists now say that it was also the first truly semiaquatic dinosaur.