Perseverance Pays Off
NASA has made history in space exploration again. The 2020 Perseverance Mars rover has landed safely on the planet and will look for proof of ancient microbes. This rover will be the first to collect Martian rock and regolith. Regolith is a layer of loose deposits covering solid rock, including broken rocks.
To date, only the U.S. has successfully landed on the planet. Perseverance makes the eighth landing on Mars. China hopes to become the second nation to land successfully on the planet.
The Big Chill Devastates Texas
There is good news for Texas and the rest of the nation affected by the storm: The country will be warming up soon.
Horsetail Falls Transforms to Fire
Of course, it is not real fire or lava, but a trick of the eye involving the setting sun’s angle lending a short ten-minute window of viewing. After February, the opportunity vanishes until next winter. Park officials used to entertain visitors by spilling embers over Glacier Point to make it look like a lava flow, but that tradition ended in 1968. It was in 1973 that photographer Galen Rowell captured the famous images of the Firefall that created the obsession amongst nature enthusiasts.