01/04/2012 02:10 pm ET

2012 In Science: 10 Milestones We'll Hit In 2012

2012 promises to be a particularly exciting year for science. With a Mars rover, a big push in the Chinese space program and a record-breaking supercomputer on the way, there's a lot to anticipate.

But maybe even more compelling are the 2012 science milestones that are still undecided; either we'll find the Higgs or we won't, and both results would be interesting; embryonic stem cell research faces one of its greatest challenges, but that may turn into one of its greatest opportunities.

What else can we expect from science during this Alan Turing Year? Check out the slideshow below for highlights from the upcoming year in scientific events, and place your bets on whether they'll turn out to be triumphs or disappointments.

Science Milestones To Expect In 2012