Space gave us so many reasons to celebrate in 2020

Plus, we look back at every SpaceX launch, discuss some mummified beasts and briefly look ahead at space in 2021.
                                                                                                                                                                               
Hello humans!

After a short break where I filled my stomach with eggnog and Christmas pud, I'm back on board for 2021 and hoping to help put the past year behind us. Before we finally throw 2020 in the bin for good, we're taking a rocket down memory lane. A few rockets, in fact. CNET space aficionado Eric Mack takes a look back at the many times space gave us cause to celebrate in 2020. (He stops short of saying 2021 will be better, because we don't want to tempt fate here.) You can find that story below. There's plenty more, too. As 2020 came to a close, the Great Conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn dazzled stargazers. We have a great look at that, plus the first meteor shower of the year, a mummified wolf and a mummified woolly rhinoceros and a short piece on the weird parallel universe that seemed to consume coronavirus discourse in 2020.

We're looking forward to a big year in science at CNET and next week will have our 2021 space calendar ready for you to circle and scribble on (not literally, of course.) There's a lot to get excited about. Missions to Mars from NASA, China and the UAE will reach the red planet and NASA has a busy slate of launches throughout the year, including the long-delayed James Webb Telescope. Elsewhere, Boeing will try and get its commercial crew spacecraft flying and we may even see the launch of NASA's Artemis I if we're lucky. Get your friends to sign up and follow the newsletter this year -- forward this email along and get them to click the link at the top to subscribe! It's gonna be a big year and you don't want to miss anything.

The Science Mailbag is still recovering from way too much turkey on Christmas Day, but if you have a burning question, send me an email or a DM on Twitter and let's get you some answers. Hope 2021 has begun exactly as you hoped!

Enim scientia et astra!
Jackson Ryan Jackson Ryan
Science Editor, CNET
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