Will the U.S. auto industry keep its momentum in 2017? That was the burning question as the shiny, the splashy, the powerful and the technologically advanced made their annual debut at Detroit's Cobo Center on January 9 and 10.
In exchange for submitting to public cajoling from President-elect Donald Trump, industry bosses are trying to forge a close relationship with his administration and coax it into adopting much of their regulatory wish list.
In 2016, China flew two new launch vehicles for the first time, orbited a space laboratory and sent men into space again after a three-year gap from their initial men-into-space milestone. The year also saw new probes arrive at Mars and Jupiter.