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2013: An incredible year in space

  • Dusty trail
    A line of space dust is seen in this image of the Milky Way by Ben Canales in the US; it was highly commended in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest. (Ben Canales)
  • Pre-launch
    The Soyuz TMA-11M rocket – adorned with the logo of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics – seen preparing for take-off at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. (Nasa/Getty Images)
  • Sound control
    Commander Chris Hadfield is pictured during the video he made while performing a cover of David Bowie’s Space Oddity in the International Space Station (ISS). (Nasa/Reuters)
  • Shot in the dark
    This image of the giant planet Saturn was created from a mosaic of 12 images taken by the spacecraft Cassini on its mission to explore the Solar System. (Nasa/AFP)
  • Room with a view
    Nasa astronaut Karen Nyberg, Expedition 37 flight engineer, looks at Earth through the cupola of the ISS during her mission in November. (Nasa/ESA/AFP)
  • Froggy conditions
    When Nasa’s Ladee (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer) took off from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, a frog was caught on camera escaping the blast. (Nasa)
  • Martian selfie
    A self-portrait of Nasa's Mars rover Curiosity, combining 66 pics taken by the its Mars Hand Lens Imager (Mahli) during its 77th day of exploration. (Nasa/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)
  • Postcards from the edge
    Nasa’s Voyager spacecraft, launched in 1977, reached the edge of our Solar System in September, after 36 years in space; it is now the farthest man-made object from Earth. (Nasa)
  • Head in the clouds
    A new image taken by the Hubble Telescope to mark the telescope’s 23rd year in orbit, showed turbulent waves of dust and gas in the Horsehead Nebula. (Nasa/ESA/AFP)
  • Constant companion
    Humanoid robot Kirobo is shown 'speaking' on the ISS in September; the record-breaking automaton uttered the first robotic words in space. (AFP/Getty Images)
From an inspired cover version to one probe’s giant step for humanity, we look back at 2013’s most important space moments.

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