2013: The Year in Space (52 images)

Top photos of 2013 for the year in space news and exploration.
Updated: Dec. 23, 2013 at 11:37 AM
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The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) spacecraft undergoes final preparations at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida on September 27, 2013. MAVEN will be launched by a Atlas 5 rocket currently scheduled for a November 18, 2013 lift off. The Lockheed Martin spacecraft will orbit the planet Mars for one year after completing a ten month journey through space. The mission is to explore how the sun has effected Mars upper atmosphere and ionosphere. UPI/Joe Marino-Bill Cantrell
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