Ice Age giants may have evolved in Tibet
The woolly rhino may have once roamed foothills of the Himalayas in southwestern Tibet.
September 1st, 2011
03:32 PM ET

Ice Age giants may have evolved in Tibet

Researchers have found the earliest known fossil of a primitive woolly rhino in the Himalayas, in addition to many other remains of animals that no longer exist. This may mean that some giant mammals first evolved in what is now Tibet before the Ice Age began about 2.6 million years ago.

"This is the new frontier for discovery in science. We can expect to have a lot of new discoveries as we keep exploring the Tibetan plateau," said Xiaoming Wang from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, who led the team and discovered the woolly rhino skull.


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September 1st, 2011
09:29 AM ET

Langley's Huey Returns

"NASA Langley's Bell UH-1H Huey helicopter returned to the Center Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, after a five-year long stint supporting space shuttle operations at Kennedy Space Center. The KSC work added another chapter to the Huey's more than 40-year history. It was manufactured in 1968 and, according to records, spent part of its life as a MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) helicopter in Viet Nam.

The helicopter, whose call sign is N535NA, arrived at NASA Langley in 1991 as a replacement for another helicopter used primarily for drop model testing.

The Huey's first mission upon its return is to support ALHAT or Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology research. ALHAT is developing technologies that will allow future spacecraft to automatically identify and navigate to a safe landing site while detecting potential hazards during descent to the surface."

Source: NASA

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