December 31, 2013
2013 Was A Big Year For NASA
Here’s our 2013 Year in Review for NASA. It’s been a big one. The space agency announced it had identified 261 new planet candidates using the Kepler Telescope—including four that mirror the size and distance from the sun as Earth. Curiosity rolled on into 2013, digging its way into the Martian surface and collecting the first-ever sample of Martian soil. The rover also found evidence of water and conditions that could have once supported life on the Red Planet. NASA was on the case this year when fireballs lit up the skies above Russia and the Southeast U.S. The space agency also revealed its superhero robot named Valkyrie for the DARPA Robotics Challenge. But perhaps most rewarding, NASA finally left the solar system in 2013 as the Voyager probe officially reached interstellar space. Congratulations on a successful 2013, NASA. Onward and upward in 2014!
[ Read the Article: Best Of The Best: The Top NASA Stories For 2013 ]