2017 has been an­other in­cred­i­ble year for space science

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We’ve been look­ing back over the past 12 months. It’s been quite a year for space and as­tron­omy: a to­tal so­lar eclipse tra­versed the con­ti­nen­tal US, China pressed on with its plans for a space sta­tion, SpaceX an­nounced a big­ger rocket to get to Mars by 2024, and astronomers matched grav­i­ta­tional wave read­ings to an ob­serv­able event for the first time ever. El­iz­a­beth Pear­son looks at more of the big­gest sto­ries to have hap­pened this year on page 33.

Look­ing fur­ther back, on page 67 we cel­e­brate the 50th an­niver­sary of UK’s Isaac New­ton Tele­scope. It had its first, first light at Her­st­mon­ceux, East Sus­sex, back in 1967 and is one of the few tele­scopes to have had a sec­ond. Also, on page 44 we mark the 100th birth­day of sci-fi au­thor and fu­tur­ist Sir Arthur C Clarke.

And speak­ing of the fu­ture, if you’d like to help shape the con­tent of this mag­a­zine in the years to come, fol­low the link to our reader sur­vey and com­plete it on­line. We’d love to hear what we’re do­ing well and what could be bet­ter.

Sea­son’s greet­ings and en­joy the is­sue!

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