NASA's Opportunity rover has provided scientists with 15 years worth of data. But more than that, “Oppy became a beloved and uniting symbol of human tenacity, curiosity, endeavour.”
This year marked two big anniversaries for American space exploration and changed how we see ourselves.
Researcher He Jiankui claims to have altered the DNA of twin girls born earlier this month, a move that many scientists condemned as premature. On Nov. 29, China ordered Mr. He's team to stop its gene-editing experiment, with a top official calling the project "shocking and unacceptable."
On Nov. 26, the Insight lander is scheduled to touch down on Mars. NASA last attempted a Mars landing – full of risks, tricky conditions, and delayed communication – six years ago. If it goes smoothly, the spacecraft will spend two years gathering data on the red planet.