BBC Future

Ten images of amazing new frontiers in 2013

  • Modern touch
    Patrick Kane is fitted with the new Touch Bionics hand in Livingston, Scotland. The design’s rotating thumb allows tasks to be performed more easily. (Getty Images)
  • All at sea
    The Northrop Grumman X-47B made aviation history as the first remotely-controlled aircraft to take off and land at a carrier at sea during trials in July. (AP)
  • New Moon
    China became the third nation to land an object on the Moon when the Chang’e-3 landed in December, releasing the lunar rover Jade Rabbit to carry out its mission. (Xinhua/AP)
  • Nude discovery
    A naked mole rat, which is resistant to cancer, shown in the hands of a researcher at the University of Rochester. (University of Rochester/PA)
  • So long, Voyager
    Voyager 1 left humanity’s solar system behind in September - becoming the first man-made object in interstellar space, more than 30 years after launch. (Nasa/Getty Images)
  • Martian model
    Hans van 't Woud, one of Crew 125 EuroMoonMars B exercise, collects samples from a Utah desert in a simulation of conditions humans may find on a manned mission to Mars. (Reuters)
  • In the loop
    Could long-distance travel of the future mean zooming across the countryside at 600mph (960km/h)? Inventor Elon Musk unveiled such a system, called Hyperloop. (Tesla Motors/AP)
  • 3-2-1, pump
    A 75-year-old French man became the first in the world to be fitted with an artificial heart – not just a temporary replacement, but to last as long as five years. (Carmatsa)
  • Brave face
    Carmen Blandin Tarleton met the press in Boston after receiving a successful face transplant in February. Her estranged husband had thrown caustic lye at her. (Reuters)
  • A sleep at the wheel
    Motorways full of self-driving cars got a step nearer; four US states – Nevada, California, Florida and Michigan – made the cars legal to drive on roads. (The Roanoke Times/AP)
Ten images of the most important new frontiers mankind faced in 2013, including Voyager 1's journey into deep space and Elon Musk’s Hyperloop concept.

More amazing image galleries of the year:

The year in weather

The year in space

The year in design and architecture

The year in wildife

People of the year

The year in transport

Visions of the future in 2013

2013: Stunning places

If you would like to comment on this slideshow or anything else you have seen on Future, head over to our Facebook or Google+ page, or message us on Twitter.