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2011: The year in space (44 images)

With the shuttles falling by the wayside, and a seemingly decreased emphasis on universal exploration, this gallery goes to show that in spite of the naysayers, there are still some incredible sights to see beyond the Earth.
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This undated NASA image taken by the WISE, Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, shows Barnard 3, or IRAS Ring G159.6-18.5, that is awash in bright green and red dust clouds. Interstellar clouds like these are stellar nurseries, where baby stars are being born, December 31, 2011. UPI/NASA
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