Photo of the Year: Space

The best space photos of the year according to the REUTERS agency.

14 PHOTOS

Photo of the Year: Space

1. 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 through the sun, near Tbilisi.

Photo of the Year: Space

2. Long exposure shows the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon capsule as it launches with three NASA astronauts and one ESA astronaut on a mission to the International Space Station at Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral.

Photo of the Year: Space

3. Chinese astronauts Nie Haisheng (center), Liu Boming (right), and Tang Hongbo wave in front of their reentry capsule after returning to Earth after the Shenzhou 12 mission to assemble the China space station.

Photo of the Year: Space

4. The surface of Mars directly below NASA's Mars Perseverance rover is visible with the Rover Down-Look Camera.

Photo of the Year: Space

5. Crew member of the International Space Station (ISS) Russian actor Yulia Peresild gestures in the bus, going to board the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft.

Photo of the Year: Space

6. A Blue Origin New Shepard rocket takes off with 90-year-old Star Trek actor William Shatner on billionaire Jeff Bezos's second suborbital tourist voyage with a crew of four near Van Horn.

Photo of the Year: Space

7. The full moon, known as the "Super Pink Moon", rises behind the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Photo of the Year: Space

8. SpaceX CEO and Founder Elon Musk and Acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurchik during a visit with Crew 2, ESA astronaut Thomas Pesce from France, NASA astronaut Megan MacArthur, NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide from Japan.

Photo of the Year: Space

9. The Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle with the Progress MS-16 cargo vehicle is sent to the International Space Station (ISS) from the launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome.

Photo of the Year: Space

10. The civilian crew of Inspiration 4 aboard the Crew Dragon capsule and the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, viewed from nearby Vero Beach.

Photo of the Year: Space

11. Wheel tracks were left in the soil of the Jezero crater on Mars when NASA's Perseverance rover first passes the surface of Mars.

Photo of the Year: Space

12. The Russian Soyuz-2.1a rocket with the Fregat upper stage and 38 satellites from 18 countries launches from the launch pad during the rain at the Baikonur cosmodrome.

Photo of the Year: Space

13. Star Trek actor William Shatner poses with Audrey Powers, Blue Origin's vice president of missions and operations, and a former air traffic controller and NASA engineer.

Photo of the Year: Space

14. The solar eclipse is visible from the Glaciar Union scientific polar station in Antarctica, Chile.

Keywords: Photo | Space | Cosmos | Photo project | Earth | World | Planets | Photographs | Rocket | Astronauts

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