Earth & Space

Spirit of the Age

Seven years ago, Mars Exploration Rover Spirit landed on Mars. Mired in 2009 after traveling nearly five miles across the Martian landscape and silent since March, Spirit's parking spot may be its final resting place.

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Looking for Atlantis

A new thesis puts the explanation for the sudden appearance of sophisticated late-prehistoric coastal settlements underwater—in the Persian Gulf, to be specific, which up to 7,500 years ago would have been a vast oasis in the midst of the arid ice ages.

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The Hubble Advent Calendar 2010

What's behind the starry flap? Follow the jump to see today's scene, the latest in a collection of space imagery compiled by Alan Taylor for the Boston Globe's photo blog, The Big Picture.

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