Space: Pictures of the year

Wed Jan 08 2014, 17:44 hrs
An artist's illustration showing a supermassive black hole with millions to billions times the mass of our sun at the center, surrounded by matter flowing onto the black hole in what is termed an accretion disk. Supermassive black holes are enormously dense objects buried at the hearts of galaxies. (Reuters)
An artist's illustration showing a supermassive black hole with millions to billions times the mass of our sun at the center, surrounded by matter flowing onto the black hole in what is termed an accretion disk. Supermassive black holes are enormously dense objects buried at the hearts of galaxies. (Reuters)
The sun about to come up over the South Pacific Ocean in a photo taken by one of the Expedition 35 crew members aboard the International Space Station. (Reuters)
The sun about to come up over the South Pacific Ocean in a photo taken by one of the Expedition 35 crew members aboard the International Space Station. (Reuters)
The star V838 Mon in an artist's concept released by NASA. Mon's outer surface suddenly greatly expanded with the result that it became the brightest star in the entire Milky Way Galaxy in January 2002. Then, just as suddenly, it faded. A stellar flash like this had never been seen before - supernovas and novas expel matter out into space. (Reuters)
The star V838 Mon in an artist's concept released by NASA. Mon's outer surface suddenly greatly expanded with the result that it became the brightest star in the entire Milky Way Galaxy in January 2002. Then, just as suddenly, it faded. A stellar flash like this had never been seen before - supernovas and novas expel matter out into space. (Reuters)
Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield, Expedition 34 flight engineer, watches a water bubble float freely between him and the camera, showing his image refracted, in the Unity node of the International Space Station. (Reuters)
Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield, Expedition 34 flight engineer, watches a water bubble float freely between him and the camera, showing his image refracted, in the Unity node of the International Space Station. (Reuters)
A view of the Noctis Labyrinthus region of Mars, perched high on the Tharsis rise in the upper reaches of the Valles Marineris canyon system taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. (Reuters)
A view of the Noctis Labyrinthus region of Mars, perched high on the Tharsis rise in the upper reaches of the Valles Marineris canyon system taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. (Reuters)
NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, aboard the International Space Station, demonstrates how she washes her hair in zero gravity. (Reuters)
NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, aboard the International Space Station, demonstrates how she washes her hair in zero gravity. (Reuters)
A NASA illustration shows the aesthetic close-up of cosmic clouds and stellar winds featuring LL Orionis, interacting with the Orion Nebula flow. Adrift in Orion's stellar nursery and still in its formative years, variable star LL Orionis produces a wind more energetic than the wind from our own middle-aged Sun. (Reuters)
A NASA illustration shows the aesthetic close-up of cosmic clouds and stellar winds featuring LL Orionis, interacting with the Orion Nebula flow. Adrift in Orion's stellar nursery and still in its formative years, variable star LL Orionis produces a wind more energetic than the wind from our own middle-aged Sun. (Reuters)
Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia, is pictured in a photo taken by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield aboard the International Space Station. (Reuters)
Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia, is pictured in a photo taken by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield aboard the International Space Station. (Reuters)
The trail of a meteorite crossing the early morning sky above the Siberian city of Kamensk-Uralsky. (Reuters)
The trail of a meteorite crossing the early morning sky above the Siberian city of Kamensk-Uralsky. (Reuters)
The Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of US astronaut Michael Hopkins, Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy blasts off from the launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. (Reuters)
The Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of US astronaut Michael Hopkins, Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy blasts off from the launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. (Reuters)
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