Pictures of the year: Space
A composite image of five separate photographs taken with a single fixed camera shows a sunspot and the International Space Station in silhouette as it passes across the Sun, seen from near Tbilisi, Georgia, June 19, 2021. REUTERS/Irakli...more
The first high-resolution color image to be sent back by the Hazard Cameras (Hazcams) on the underside of NASA's Perseverance Mars rover is seen after its landing on Mars, February 18, 2021. NASA/JPL-Caltech
Firefly Aerospace's first Alpha rocket suffers a catastrophic anomaly during its first launch leading to the loss of the vehicle 2 minutes, 30 seconds after liftoff from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, September 2, 2021. REUTERS/Gene...more
Crew 2 member JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide of Japan is embraced by his compatriot Crew 1 member JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi as he and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet of France are welcomed as they arrive aboard the International Space Station, after...more
A long exposure shows a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Crew Dragon capsule, as it is launched carrying three NASA and one ESA astronauts on a mission to the International Space Station at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida,...more
Chinese astronauts Nie Haisheng (C), Liu Boming (R) and Tang Hongbo wave in front of their return capsule after their return to earth following the Shenzhou-12 mission to assemble China's space station in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China,...more
The surface of Mars directly below NASA's Mars Perseverance rover is seen using the Rover Down-Look Camera, February 22, 2021. NASA/JPL-Caltech
The SpaceX Starship SN9 explodes into a fireball after its high altitude test flight from test facilities in Boca Chica, Texas, February 2, 2021. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
International Space Station (ISS) crew member Russian actor Yulia Peresild gestures in a bus as she departs for boarding the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft for the launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, October 5, 2021. Andrey...more
Blue Origin's rocket New Shepard blasts off carrying Star Trek actor William Shatner, 90, on billionaire Jeff Bezos's company's second suborbital tourism flight as part of a four-person crew near Van Horn, Texas, October 13, 2021. REUTERS/Mike...more
Billionaire American businessman Jeff Bezos wears goggles owned by Amelia Earhart which he carried into space at a post-launch press conference after he flew on Blue Origin's inaugural flight to the edge of space, in the nearby town of Van Horn,...more
The full moon, known as the "Super Pink Moon" rises behind the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, April 27, 2021. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments and flight commander, says goodbye to his wife Monica and daughters as the Inspiration 4 crew, the first all-civilian crew to be sent into orbit, gather before dawning space suits to head to the...more
SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk and NASA acting administrator Steve Jurczyk visit with Crew-2, ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet of France, NASA astronaut Megan McArthur, NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide of Japan inside...more
Perseverance's first cored-rock sample of Mars rock is seen inside its titanium container tube in this image taken by the rover's Sampling and Caching System Camera (known as CacheCam), September 8, 2021. NASA/JPL-Caltech
Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket with the Progress MS-16 cargo spacecraft blasts off to the International Space Station (ISS) from the launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, February 15, 2021. Russian space agency Roscosmos
The Inspiration 4 civilian crew aboard a Crew Dragon capsule and SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, as seen from near Vero Beach, Florida, September 15, 2021. REUTERS/Sam Wolfe
Wheel tread marks are left in the soil of Jezero Crater on Mars, as NASA's Mars rover Perseverance drives on Martian surface for the first time, March 4, 2021. NASA/JPL-Caltech
A Russian Soyuz-2.1a rocket with a Fregat upper stage and 38 satellites from 18 countries blasts off from a launchpad during rainfall at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, March 22, 2021. Russian space agency Roscosmos
Star Trek actor William Shatner poses with Audrey Powers, Blue Origin's vice president of mission and flight operations and a former NASA flight controller and engineer; Chris Boshuizen, the co-founder of satellite company Planet Labs and a former...more
A solar eclipse is seen from 'Glaciar Union' scientific polar station in Antarctica, on Chilean territory, December 4, 2021. Felipe Trueba/Imagen Chile
Stars attend the 2021 People's Choice Awards in Santa Monica.
People enjoy outdoor Christmas markets as the spread of COVID-19 continues around the globe.
Courtroom sketches from the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell in New York City.
Stars attend the The Critics Choice Association presentation of the annual Celebration of Black Cinema & Television in Los Angeles.