In March we reported the successful launch of 4 MMS spacecraft to study the magnetic reconnection of the Sun: http://www.solarancestors.com/blog/mms-spacecraft-now-in-orbit
In April the dawn spacecraft began sending close-up images of Ceres, then in July, New Horizons began its close-up fly-by of Pluto. See: http://www.solarancestors.com/blog/science-is-still-learning-about-our-solar-system
Also in April, NASA's Messenger ended its mission by crashing into Mercury's surface. See: http://www.solarancestors.com/blog/-mercurys-mysteries-continue-to-unfold
In June, an Australian student proved the existence of plasma ducts, or oddly shaped, tubular plasma structures, in the magnetosphere above the Earth that connect to the Sun. See: http://www.solarancestors.com/blog/-more-being-learned-about-our-connections-to-the-sun
In November, scientists announced that they have designed a Coronagraph, which will join the SOHO and STEREO spacecraft to study the Sun. See http://www.solarancestors.com/blog/-our-scientists-design-new-coronagraph-to-study-the-sun
And in December, a research project, led by the UK's University of Dundee, announced their aim to improve knowledge of Sun's complex magnetic fields using mathematics. Their study is called "Dynamics of Complex Magnetic Fields: From the corona to the solar wind." See http://www.solarancestors.com/blog/-using-maths-to-reveal-the-suns-mysteries
Also during the year, when the Rosetta mission came into close contact with a comet, the old theory that water on Earth came to us by comets was disproved, while scientists revealed that liquid water still flows on Mars. Solar Ancestor believes we should be studying our own Cosmic backyard – our Heliosphere – and look for life in our own Solar System before checking elsewhere!