The first time I spied Mars, it appeared like a red star among a sea of glittering white ones. It was a mind-blowing moment, as I thought about the many spacecraft that humans have sent across millions of miles to visit our planetary neighbor.
And this week, the fleet of robots currently exploring Mars revealed more of its secrets.
Mars may not be the kind of place to raise your kids, but it’s a veritable playground for NASA’s Perseverance rover, Ingenuity helicopter and InSight lander.
We are family
This is a curious finding, as Leonardo was not known to have fathered any children. But researchers traced his lineage in other ways.
These periwinkle pearly-winged insects lived in the coastal sand dunes along San Francisco and were first characterized by scientists in 1852. But humans destroyed their habitat.
Force of nature
Across the universe
It may look like a burning ring of fire, but this is an actual image of a planetary system that’s still cooking 400 light-years away, taken by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array of telescopes in Chile.
The disk around the planet is 500 times larger than the massive rings around Saturn.
Scientists plan to keep an eye on this system to watch as planets, and maybe even moons, form and grow.
A little more intrigue before you go: