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Space stories dominated this week's headlines, along with natural disasters and a Covid-19 milestone.
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Here is this week in science, told in 8 spectacular images.
Researchers found 1.2-million-year-old DNA — the oldest on record — in the tusk of a newly discovered mammoth species.
SpaceX successfully deployed 60 satellites for its planned Starlink internet service.
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Japan started its first round of Covid-19 vaccinations to medical workers and vulnerable groups.
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A rare winter storm in Texas caused the lowest temperatures in decades and left millions without power.
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Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe, erupted in Sicily but posed no danger to the surrounding area.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket missed its landing pad, which live-stream viewers joked was done to spare three seagulls perched there.
The United Arab Emirates' Hope probe entered orbit and transmitted its first image of Mars.
A solar eclipse cast the shadow of Jupiter's moon Io on the planet, captured by NASA's Juno probe.
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