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.

This undated NASA artist rendering released on December 21, 2011 shows the Grail spacecrafts mapping the lunar gravity field. The two probes are scheduled to enter the Moon's orbit over the New Year's holiday. UPI/NASA/JPL | License Photo
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