2021 could be a huge year for space. Here’s what’s to come from NASA, Elon Musk, Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk celebrates after the historic first launch of astronauts aboard a SpaceX craft in May. (Washington Post photo by Jonathan Newton)

By Christian Davenport,
The Washington Post – 30 December, 2020

We all know that 2020 was a no-good, horrible, fearful, tumultuous year that will be remembered for the coronavirus pandemic and the polarizing election. But for space enthusiasts, it was actually quite a good year, providing bits of promising news amid the bleak headlines of disease, economic hardship and protests.

SpaceX launched astronauts to the International Space Station twice. NASA launched a rover to Mars and snagged a sample from an asteroid 200 million miles away.

2021 has potential for even more good news. Here’s just some of what could happen in the new year …