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Sunday Science: 1/12/13

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A rare find for researchers off the coast of Mexico -- Siamese twin grey whales. The two were joined at the body, but had two heads and tails. Unfortunately, they didn't survive for long. Scientists believe they may have been miscarried because of their disability. It's the first documented case of Siamese grey whales in more than 50 years.

And you can see the beauty of Mars through a rover's eyes in Washington. Images from NASA's Mars rovers are now on exhibit at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. Hundreds of thousands of photos have been sent back from the Red Planet since Spirit and Opportunity touched down ten years ago, and the team says it was hard to narrow it down to just 50.

"It's like deciding who to invite to your wedding," says Steve Squires with the Mars Exploration Rover Mission. "Which ones make it and which ones don't? And it was very, very hard to settle on the images we finally chose. Every one of these images tells a story."

Another rover, Curiosity, is currently exploring the Martian surface.

Meanwhile, over at the National Zoo, it was dress rehearsal for their newest panda. The giant panda cub Bao Bao took a trial run for the media, getting ready for her public debut later this month on January 18. You can see her climbing around for a while before she ducks behind a rock. But zoo officials warn that she may be camera shy for the first few weeks, and she may not be on exhibit for long periods of time.

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