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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Expedition 38 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, left, Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin of Roscosmos, and, Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA, right, smile and was as they hold an Olympic torch that will be flown with them to the International Space Station, during a press conference held Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at the Cosmonaut hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Launch of the Soyuz rocket is scheduled for November 7 and will send Tyurin, Mastracchio, Wakata on a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station. UPI/Carla Cioffi/NASA
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