I carry with me the optimism of “Back to the Future” at the start of each new year. This quote rings all the more true as I look at the possibilities that lie ahead on the horizon.
If you thought 2021 was an exciting year for discovery, buckle up: 2022 should bring even more wonder.
As Doc Brown reminds us in the 1985 film, “If you think about it, you can accomplish anything.” It is an appropriate mantra for the coming year.
Happy New Year from the CNN Space and Science team. We wish you a safe and spectacular year 2022.
This year is going to be out of this world.
We’ll see a new mission designed to study an uncharted world, cheer on Europe’s first planetary rover as it heads to Mars, and watch a NASA spacecraft deliberately crash into an asteroid moon.
The Psyche mission, launched in August, will set course for a metallic asteroid of the same name, which could be very valuable.
Archaeologists have discovered evidence of an ancient mystery in a quarry.
The bones of five mammoths were discovered alongside Neanderthal stone tools. Together, these findings offer a revealing glimpse into life in Britain during the Ice Age 200,000 years ago.
The excavation site and its findings, the subject of a new documentary on Sir David Attenborough, appear to represent a gigantic graveyard – but investigation is ongoing.
Scientists haven’t let the pandemic stop them from discovering new examples of our planet’s diverse life in 2021.
Species, brand new to science, include those that are both alive and extinct.
It is a reminder that all creatures, large and small, contribute to the survival and success of Earth’s myriad ecosystems.
We are a family
Scientists took a digital peek under the envelopes of the mummified pharaoh Amenhotep I without removing a single item.
The 3,500-year-old mummy, decorated with a wooden face mask and flower garlands, was deemed too fragile to be opened. The research team took a non-invasive approach to learn more about the life and death of the Egyptian king.
Amenhotep I, who commissioned the construction of many temples during his largely peaceful reign, was around 35 when he died.
Winter is disappearing, even when it shouldn’t, as our planet warms.
In Greenland, the 660,000 square mile (1.7 million square kilometers) ice cap has melted past the point of no return, and winter is now starting late and ending sooner than before. And the largest island in the world is not alone in this case.
This large melting allows the planet to absorb more heat and release greenhouse gases, eventually leading to even greater warming.
“I think back to all the days I’ve been in the cold this year – hiking glaciers, skiing up to my neck in powder, climbing lonely mountains,” Fox wrote. “I no longer see these snowy landscapes as individual places. Rather, they are knitted together in a protective white blanket, isolating the stable climate in which human civilization had flourished.”
Stay curious, my friends: