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During its 15 years on Mars, the rover was tasked with solving a mystery about the planet — namely, whether it had liquid water, which could mean life.
Last night, scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, sent their final message to the Mars rover Opportunity, and unless they hear back it looks like the mission could be coming to an end after 15 years.
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High above the Cranston fire in Idyllwild, there are giant, dark, pyrocumulus clouds. While they might look like thunder clouds, they're not bringing rain. In fact, they're bringing strong winds and the threat of lightning.
The Ferguson fire continues to threaten Yosemite, as it more than doubled in size over the past few days. The hot and dry conditions that've made it difficult to tackle the blaze have been present across other parts of the state, hinting at a destructive fire year ahead for California.
While we had a lot of precipitation last year, this year has been below average. What does that mean for our water supplies, considering we're only a year removed from crippling drought?
Before the storm made landfall earlier this week, it was forecast to dump 10 inches of rain in the Santa Barbara mountains. Where did all of that water go?
Atmospheric rivers are a vital source of California's water supply, but they also can trigger mudslides given their often heavy rains.
By the end of February, it looked like the state was going to experience one of its driest winters ever. Then storms started to roll in. But will they be enough?
Barring a "March Miracle" of rain and snow, this winter could be one of the warmest and driest on record — and that could mean drought.
Before last week's storm, this year's winter was on track to be the warmest and driest on record.
For the first time, scientists are trying to get a snapshot of the Red Planet's interior, and they're doing it with the first landing probe to Mars in six years.
We could lose one of California's most defining, and important, ecological features by the end of the century, due to climate change.
Immigrant advocates say the ruling affects thousands of people who were held under immigration detainers issued by the federal government.
The La Niña climate pattern is associated with drier weather in Southern California, but that doesn't mean that things are going to get wetter if it goes away.