The new year is likely to be a tough one for NASA. There’s a decidedly anti-science administration coming into power. Trump has already vowed to cut the Earth science division in order to kill climate change research and it’s unclear if he even knows that we’ve been to the moon. For now, we can look back at some of the most beautiful photos of 2016 from the United States’ greatest government agency.
NASA chose 66 photos for its 2016 roundup. They tell stories of international cooperation, successful launches, successful landings, budgetary wranglings, cosmic events and generational inspiration. We’ve pulled some of our favorites below. All captions come from NASA. You can check out the complete set right here.