2012: The year in space (36 images)

From Solar storms to the retiring of the Shuttles "Atlantis" and "Discovery", this constantly updated collection features the top space news photos of 2012.
Updated: Dec. 20, 2012 at 10:58 AM
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Venus begins transit across the Sun, the last time the event will occur until 2117 as this solar event happens in pairs eight years apart and separated from each other by either 105 or 121 years as pictured in NASA/SDO handout photograph on June 5, 2012. UPI/NASA/SDO
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