On the cusp of 2017, say farewell to 2016 wrapped in cosmic wonder. Start by absorbing photo galleries in links below. Pause to consider grainy 1959 snippets of the first video from space in order to lose your mind over 2016 timelapse. Happy New Year.
Strong winds sweep across Mars’ surface. The wind has carved features called “yardangs,” one of many in this scene, and deposited sand on the floor of shallow channels between them where ripples and dunes can be seen.
Approaching Northern Summer: This view shows Saturn’s northern hemisphere in 2016, as that part of the planet nears its summer solstice in May 2017.
Crash Course: It may look as though Saturn’s moon Mimas is crashing through the rings in this image taken by Cassini, but Mimas is actually 28,000 miles (45,000 kilometers) away from the rings. There is a strong connection between the icy moon and Saturn’s rings, though. Gravity links them together and shapes the way they both move.