Our planet has experienced three years in a row of the highest global temperatures on record. A report from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says 2016 was the hottest year on record. The UK's Met office confirmed that conclusion.
Japan's launch of the SS-520-4 on Saturday was a failure. The tiny rocket would have been the smallest rocket to ever bring a payload to orbit, but the mission wasn't successful. While the first part of the mission went fine, JAXA eventually lost communication with it.
SpaceX's first launch since its September 2016 explosion went as planned. Its Falcon 9 lifted off on Saturday, helped bring a payload to space, and returned to the company's drone landing barge. The rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
The Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile will receive an upgrade that'll enable it to easily spot exoplanets in Alpha Centauri. VLT is operated by the European Southern Observatory, which has signed an agreement with Breakthrough Initiatives, which is looking for ET life.
SpaceX's first Falcon 9 launch since its September accident is expected to take place on January 8. The company has been grounded for five months due to a rocket explosion in Cape Canaveral that destroyed a Falcon 9 and a $95 million internet satellite.
Researchers with the Israel Institute of Technology have created a simple breath analysis system that can detect 17 diseases, including cancer. It's not accurate enough for clinical use, but it has the potential to be a worthwhile noninvasive diagnostic tool.
As part of its serious commitment to space missions, China has reaffirmed its plan to soft land a Moon probe around 2018 and fully launch a Mars probe by 2020. The government has released a white paper that explains how it'll carry out space missions peacefully.
A Japanese startup competing in the Google Lunar X-Prize will attempt a moon landing next year. Team HAKUTO will work in collaboration with India's Team Indus, which already has a contract to launch its rover using a rocket developed by the Indian Space Research Organization.
Curiosity, a Mars rover operated by NASA, has collected more evidence supportive of Mars' potential habitability in the distant past. The rover is currently climbing up a mountain and has been collecting samples along the way. Analysis has yielded interesting results.
SpaceX's first manned launch with its Dragon capsule isn't going to take place until 2018. The company had planned to carry out a manned mission for NASA next year, but it says further evaluation of its Falcon 9 fueling system is necessary following the September explosion.
Using an H-IIB rocket, Japan launched a cargo ship carrying a "space junk" collector to the International Space Station (ISS). The system is based around an electrodynamic tether that can swing through Earth's magnetic field and slow down debris currently orbiting the planet.
Mars One, a project that'll probably never put humans on Mars, has adjusted its timeline yet again. Its manned mission has a new launch date of 2031, five years later than before. The delay will allow Mars One to raise additional money and avoid large expenses for a longer time.
SpaceX has pushed back its next launch until early January. It was reportedly planning to launch in mid-December, but it now says a Falcon 9 rocket will bring up the Iridium-1 satellite next month. This will be its first launch since a rocket exploded in September.
Google will purchase enough solar and wind power by some point in 2017 to cover all of the energy used by its data centers and offices. The company is already the largest corporate buyer of renewable power in the world. Google is also releasing environmental update reports.
Uber is forming an AI research lab following its acquisition of Geometric Intelligence, an AI startup based in New York. The research is centered around technologies that'll be useful in the autonomous vehicle space. Geometric's 15 specialists are joining the lab to assist Uber.
Virgin Galactic's first independent flight with its VSS Unity spacecraft was successful. The craft went on a gliding flight over California's Mojave Air & Space Port after being released from the VMS Eve. It successfully returned to Earth from an initial 15 km altitude.
SpaceX's first launch since its September explosion is scheduled to occur on December 16. It'll use a Falcon 9 rocket to launch 10 satellites from Iridium Communications. When the Falcon 9 exploded a few months ago, it destroyed both the rocket and a satellite.
The Progress MS-04, a Russian resupply vehicle bound for the International Space Station, has been destroyed. Russian authorities lost contact with the ship after its launch from the Naikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan last night. It was carrying three tons of food and fuel.
Ta'u, a small island in American Samoa that's inhabited by 600 people, has been upgraded from diesel fuel to solar power. A SolarCity/Tesla initiative is now supplying "nearly 100 percent" of the island's energy needs, significantly reducing its use of diesel.
In a visceral, emotional court case that made law history, a british, 14-year-old teenage girl suffering from a rare form of cancer won a landmark legal case in the UK courts, granting her the right to be cryogenically frozen until such a time as a cure is found for her disease.