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2012: The year in space (36 images)

From Solar storms to the retiring of the Shuttles "Atlantis" and "Discovery", this constantly updated collection features the top space news photos of 2012.
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Following an orbital path from China and Japan through wester Texas, the moon passes in front of the sun creating an annular eclipse in the skies over Monument Valley National Park, Arizona on May 20, 2012. This timelapse, composite image shows the many phases of the event as the sun descended beyond the buttes in the mid-western sky. .UPI/Joe Marino-Bill Cantrell
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