2016: The Year in Space(30 images)

A collection of the most breathtaking and awe-inspiring photos of the cosmos and mankind's space exploration from 2016.

Jupiter's north polar region is coming into view as NASA's Juno spacecraft approaches the giant planet on August 27, 2016, when Juno was 437,000 miles away. The Juno mission successfully executed its first of several dozen orbital flybys of Jupiter and will have lots more images to come, including deep dives into the gas giant's atmosphere. NASA/UPI | License Photo
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