34 Most Impressive Scientific Achievements of 2020 Include Ancient Mummy Tombs, Historic Rocket Launches, and the Fastest Vaccine in History

Scientists and researchers around the world achieved impressive feats in 2020. They unearthed huge deposits of ancient bones and sarcophagi, discovered new types of black holes and found water that could harbor alien life in new places in the solar system.

It was all in the midst of a pandemic, which spurred their own fast-moving branch of science. Over the past year, coronavirus researchers have sequenced the pathogen’s genome, lifted the veil over the nature of the infection and immunity, and developed vaccines that are now being administered in the United States.

However, the pandemic hardly slowed down NASA and its space flight partners. They still found time to launch a new rover to Mars, a record-breaking probe to the sun and the first ever commercial astronaut mission.

These and other findings are improving scientists’ understanding of the coronavirus, our planet, and the surrounding cosmos.

As the new year approaches, here’s a look back at some of the most jaw-dropping scientific findings and achievements of 2020.