Pictures of the Year: Space

2013 has been an amazing year for high definition photos of space.

  • The Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew blasts off from the launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome REUTERS

  • Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia is pictured in this handout photo taken by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield REUTERS

  • A frog is captured during a lift off of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia REUTERS

  • NASA illustration shows aesthetic close-up of cosmic clouds and stellar winds featuring LL Orionis, interacting with the Orion Nebula flow REUTERS

  • NASA astronaut Nyberg checks equipment during a training session at Baikonur cosmodrome REUTERS

  • An artist's concept illustrates a supermassive black hole with millions to billions times the mass of our sun REUTERS

  • Still image taken from NASA video shows astronaut Karen Nyberg demonstrating how she washes her hair in zero gravity aboard the International Space Station REUTERS

  • NASA handout of the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy in infrared light REUTERS

  • NASA photo of view of Earth from International Space Station REUTERS

  • A U.S. Air Force Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-6) mission lifts off on a ULA Delta IV rocket from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station REUTERS

  • Handout NASA composite image shows a self-portrait of NASA's Mars Curiosity rover REUTERS

  • A triple conjunction of the planets Venus, Jupiter and Mercury is seen in the sky over the Statue of Liberty in New York REUTERS

  • A view of the Noctis Labyrinthus region of Mars is seen in this NASA handout picture REUTERS

  • An artist's concept shows the star V838 Mon which became the brightest star in the entire Milky Way Galaxy in January 2002 REUTERS

  • A large mass of storm clouds over the Atlantic Ocean near Brazil and the Equator is seen in this NASA handout image REUTERS

  • The Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft blasts off from the launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome REUTERS

  • NASA handout photo of Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield REUTERS

  • NASA handout of artist's rendering of the galaxy, z8_GND_5296 REUTERS

  • The sun is about to come up over the South Pacific Ocean as seen from the International Space Station REUTERS