2018 IN SPACE PHOTOS: PENGUINS, SELFIES ON MARS, AND MORE

WIRED | 12/29/2018 | Shannon Stirone
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Time flies when you’re having fun! The year 2018 saw us shooting across the universe to gaze at galaxy clusters, light-bending black holes, and gorgeous young stars. While it’s close to impossible to pick favorites, we’re giving it a shot: For this final 2018 installment of Space Photos of the Week, we've gathered some of the year’s highlights, including the first spacecraft landing on Mars in six years.

A couple of in memoriams for the year: the dusk of the Dawn mission around Ceres and the finale of the Kepler exoplanet hunter. The latter confirmed the existence of more than 2,000 planets orbiting other stars. Just a few months before Kepler disconnected, though, its successor, TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite),...
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