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These are exciting times for space exploration, and 2016 is no exception. This year, space fans can expect to see a lot of action going.

2015 was highlighted by the glorious July 14 Pluto flyby, in which NASA spacecraft New Horizons made its closest approach to the dwarf planet. It revealed flowing ice, stunning hazes, and icy mountains.

While that was a tough act to follow, this year has its share of spectacular milestones that can make any spaceflight enthusiast cry joyously inside.

The Space Coast, a Florida region around the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, is anticipating as many as 30 launches by a diverse rocket group as well as arrivals of incoming space vehicles. All manned NASA spaceflights depart from either of these two stations.

Col. Eric Krystkowiak, commander of the 45th Launch Group at the Air Force's 45th Space Wing, said the focus on more commercial space missions is marking a great transition.

“We’re in a transitional, transformational time in our history, where we’re looking to the entrepreneurial, commercial spirit to really bring that spaceport of the future,” he said.

This year, too, NASA and private companies such as SpaceX and Boeing will keep developing a range of spaceships for crewed missions in the future.

Take a look at this list of 2016 space missions to eagerly await:

Jason-3 Satellite Launch (Jan. 17)

The Jason-3 satellite of the U.S
. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is slated to launch towards the planet’s orbit on top of the Falcon 9 rocket of SpaceX. The goal is to create accurate measurements of sea-level variations around Earth, enriching a wealth of climate change data amassed for over two decades.

During its launch, SpaceX will attempt to bring the Falcon 9’s first phase on an unmanned ship located off the Californian coast, as part of its efforts to create reusable rockets for greater spaceflight cost-efficiency.

Return-To-Flight Cargo Mission Of SpaceX (Feb. 7)

The private firm maintains a $1.6 billion contract with the American space agency to fly at least 12 robotic resupply missions to the International Space Station via Falcon 9 and its Dragon capsule.

While the first six fights went smoothly, the seventh was not as perfect: minutes after it lifted off on June 28, the Falcon 9 broke in the skies of Florida. The Feb. 7 mission will be SpaceX’s first ISS cargo mission from the time of the accident and since its rocket modification and improvement efforts.

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