Who says a humble Mars rover can't relax and enjoy a sunset? Here, the sun sets over the rim of Gale Crater, as seen by NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity. False color added.
The seas off China have been hit by their largest ever growth of algae. This view shows an algae-covered public beach in Qingdao, northeast China's Shandong province on July 4, 2013.
NASA's K10 rover is seen at dawn at the Ames Research Center's specially built "Roverscape" in Moffett Field, Calif. The rover was remotely controlled by an astronaut on the International Space Station during a June 2013 technology test.
These Lithic artifacts of ancient farmers were found in Chogha Golan, Iran. Sifting through them has turned up astounding evidence from the earliest farmers.
The Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona killed 19 firefighters on June 30, 2013.
The 19th-century steamer SS United States, built during the American Civil War and lost in 1881, has been discovered off the coast of South Carolina. This sonar image depicts the strewn wreckage.
Archaeologists discovered a cluster of more than 30 ancient anchors in the waters near the small Sicilian island of Pantelleria, at a depth between 160 and 270 feet. They consider the find startling evidence of the Romans’ and Carthaginians’ struggle to conquer the Mediterranean during the First Punic War (264 to 241 B.C.).
A recent journey by researchers to Tristan da Cunha, a remote island and archipelago in the South Atlantic, yielded some amazing pictures of sea life in the remote area. This larval eel head was photographed by a mid-water trawl suspended above the seafloor.
Perranporth, a small British town on Cornwall’s northern coast, has seen its share of angry gulls, but lately attacks on residents seem to be worse than ever. Seagulls are currently nesting and actively protecting their chicks. Apparently bright colors aggravate the birds, causing them to swoop down and target people’s heads.
A 200-year-old shortraker rockfish (Sebastes borealis) was found off the coast of Alaska.