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Human beings may not have gone farther than Earth’s moon, but our robot minions—that is, our rovers, satellites, and space probes—have voyaged throughout the solar system. And they’ve brought cameras. Michael Benson’s stunning new book, Planetfall: New Solar System Visions (Abrams), showcases their photographic efforts. This image, taken by the Mars rover Opportunity at Victoria Crater, shows the rover’s tire tracks in the foreground.
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Each January, the editors of
IEEE Spectrum offer up some predictions about technical developments we expect to be in the news over the coming year. You’ll find a couple dozen of those described in the following special report. Of course, the number of things we could have written about is far higher, so we had to be selective in picking which projects to feature. And we’re not ashamed to admit, gee-whiz appeal often shaped our choices.