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The German space agency, DLR, discusses the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission. The Rosetta comet-chaser mission launched in 2004 and is expected to descend to the surface of comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November 2014. Credit: DLR

Concept animation featuring notional crew operations during NASA's proposed Asteroid Redirect Mission. Credit: NASA

SpaceShipTwo climbed to more than 21,000 meters and reached a top speed of Mach 1.4 during the flight. Credit: The Telegraph

Orbital Sciences launched its Antares rocket Jan. 9 carrying supplies to the international space station (ISS) from Wallops Island, Va. Credit: NASA TV courtesy of SpaceVidsNet

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched its first successful domestically built cryogenic upper-stage engine. The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) carrying the GSat-14 communications satellite lifted off Jan. 5 at 4:18 p.m. local time from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on India’s southeastern coast.

A pair of Earth-observing cameras owned by Canada’s UrtheCast Corp. failed to perform as expected after their installation outside the international space station’s Zvezda module Dec. 27, prompting Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy to bring the hardware back inside the orbiting outpost while engineers on the ground work on a fix. Credit: NASA TV

Imaging satellite operator Skybox Imaging showcases video from SkySat-1, which was launched in November aboard a Russian Dnepr rocket. The video, of Tokyo from early December, is neither tuned nor calibrated. Credit: Skybox Imaging

ESA's Mars Express will make the closest flyby yet of the that planet's moon Phobos Dec. 29, 2013, passing just 45 kilometers above its surface. The animation is at 1000 times speed. Credit: European Space Agency

Expedition 38 astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins began the first of three planned spacewalks Dec. 21 to remove and replace a faulty coolant pump module on the international space station (ISS). The pump is associated with one of the station's two external cooling loops, which circulate ammonia outside the station to keep the internal and external equipment cool.

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