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Danger meets discovery: Top 10 science stories of 2012
Elizabeth Landau, CNN
3:16 PM EST, Fri December 28, 2012
Mars rover lands, does science —
The Mars rover Curiosity has been sending back spectacular images of the Red Planet in addition to analyzing the chemistry of the soil and atmosphere on Mars. The rover, about the size of a Mini Cooper, arrived on August 6.
Higgs boson may have been detected —
Scientists detected a particle whose properties match those of the elusive Higgs boson, whose existence helps us understand why matter has mass.
James Cameron goes underwater —
Oscar-winning director James Cameron traveled to the deepest known point in the world's oceans.
Felix Baumgartner skydives —
Skydiver Felix Baumgartner undertook a record-breaking free-fall jump from the edge of space.
Alpha Centauri B has a planet —
Astronomers identified the closest known planet to Earth outside our solar system. It is 4 light-years away and orbits a star called Alpha Centauri B.