“The largest, most advanced rover NASA has sent to another world touched down on Mars Thursday, after a 203-day journey traversing 293 million miles (472 million kilometers). Confirmation of the successful touchdown was announced in mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.” And look, we’re getting our first transmissions from the onboard cam.

+ Scientists have cloned the first U.S. endangered species, a black-footed ferret duplicated from the genes of an animal that died over 30 years ago. (I’ve been using the same technology on my jokes for years…)

+ These Texas Good Samaritans Are Helping Out Those in Need Amid Deep Freeze.

+ He opened his Gallery Furniture stores to people who fled Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and Tropical Storm Imelda in 2019. Now he’s doing it for those who have been hit hard by a deadly winter storm.

+ Texas Deputies Pay for Hotel Room That Stranded Family Was Unable to Afford amid Winter Storm.

+ Stranger buys boy a basketball hoop after seeing him shooting hoops into a trash can. (Some weeks it’s hard to find feel good stories that aren’t related to something that’s pretty sad.)

+ A police bomb squad responding to a suspicious package call at an Ohio church made an unexpected discovery: six newborn kittens and their mother inside a duffel bag. Six cats? The bomb may have been less dangerous.