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.
Updated: Jan. 4, 2012 at 9:40 AM
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This NASA image taken on March 19, 2011 shows the full moon as it rises near the Lincoln Memorial, Saturday, March 19, 2011, in Washington. The full moon is called a super perigee moon since it is at its closest to Earth in 2011. The last full moon so big and close to Earth occurred in March 1993. UPI/Bill Ingalls/NASA
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