Astronauts, pioneers, whistleblowers and, oh yes, some person called Higgs, we salute those who were on everyone's lips in 2013.
More amazing image galleries of the year:
The year in transport
The year in space
The year in design and architecture
The year in wildlife
The year in weather
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