After a five year journey, NASA’s Juno space probe finally hit pay dirt. On the 4th of July, NASA scientists rejoiced as they guided their unmanned craft into orbit around Jupiter. Now they begin a 20-month mission, studying data and photographs as they explore our solar system’s largest planet.
In 2016, for the most part, Americans seemed like they were trying to do the right thing. For example, online crowdfunding raised millions of dollars to support the protesters at Standing Rock , including more than 1 million raised to support the courageous Veterans for Standing Rock. It’s always nice when we win one, isn’t it?
A little farther north, British Columbia established permanent protection for 85% of the Great Bear Rainforest, one of the world’s largest temperate rainforests and home to this adorable dude, the Spirit Bear.