The Year in Space: Hello to Mars … Farewell to Neil Armstrong
Every year marks beginnings and endings, but when it comes to space exploration, 2012 ranks as a big year for both starts and stops. SpaceX opened what could be a new era for commercial spaceflight. NASA’s Curiosity rover began what could turn out to be a decade-long mission on Mars. First moonwalker Neil Armstrong, arguably the world’s best-known (and most private) astronaut, passed away. So did Sally Ride, America’s first woman astronaut. And after 30 years of service, the space shuttle fleet finally settled into museum retirement.
NBC News put together a slideshow that hits the off-world highlights of the past year. They’ve also put together an unscientific poll that lets you choose the top story for 2012 and the top trend for 2013. Check out their 16th annual “Year in Space” roundup: