This week in science

The 8 most incredible science images of the week

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Space stories dominated this week's headlines, along with natural disasters and a Covid-19 milestone.

Here is this week in science, told in 8 spectacular images.

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8. A Mammoth Discovery

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Researchers found 1.2-million-year-old DNA — the oldest on record — in the tusk of a newly discovered mammoth species.

7. Starlinked

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SpaceX successfully deployed 60 satellites for its planned Starlink internet service.

6. Fighting Covid-19

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Japan started its first round of Covid-19 vaccinations to medical workers and vulnerable groups.

5. Historic Freeze

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MARK FELIX/AFP/Getty Images

A rare winter storm in Texas caused the lowest temperatures in decades and left millions without power.

4. An Explosive Night

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Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe, erupted in Sicily but posed no danger to the surrounding area.

3. Seagulls Saved

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket missed its landing pad, which live-stream viewers joked was done to spare three seagulls perched there.

2. Martian Milestone

Mohamed Bin Zayed

The United Arab Emirates' Hope probe entered orbit and transmitted its first image of Mars.

1. Great Black Spot

Ricky Arnold

A solar eclipse cast the shadow of Jupiter's moon Io on the planet, captured by NASA's Juno probe.

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