NASA sizzle reel shows everything we have to look forward to in 2017

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Jan 2, 2017, 11:40 AM EST (Updated)

It goes without saying that 2016 hasn’t been the greatest year, claiming artists and actors that will leave us reeling well after the calendar flips. But 2017 brings a fresh start— and as NASA points out — some very exciting space projects.

The U.S. space agency has dropped what essentially amounts to a sizzle reel for the agency’s 2017 projects, ranging from space exploration digging deeper into our solar system to research projects deigned to help us learn more about our own little blue marble. Highlights include the Cassini spacecraft, which is entering the final year of its voyage to explore Saturn; the experimental X-57 Maxwell airplane, featuring 14 propellers; and NASA’S long-term initiative to explore Mars.

It’s obviously impossible that 2017 will be the year we actually do something as big as putting humans on Mars, but it still holds a ton of promise for a variety of space (and Earth) exploration. Hey, after 2016 we’ll take any optimism we can get.

Check out the clip below and get pumped for all the fun space stuff coming in the next 12 months: