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Pictures of the Year 2021 

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Pictures of the year: Space 
Our top space photos of the year. 
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November 30, 2021 
A composite image of five separate photographs taken with a single fixed camera shows a sunspot and the... 
Tbilisi, Georgia 
Pictures of the Year: A Picture and its Story 
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 photographer Irakli Gedenidze: "About a year ago I got interested in astrophotography. I have always been fascinated by overcoming challenges and shooting the transit of the International Space Station (ISS) across the sun provided many obstacles. The station transits the sun three to four times a month where I live, but you have to know the exact coordinate of where on earth it will be visible. In reality, due to weather and other problems, you can capture this event only once or twice a year with an astro camera attached to a telescope that follows the movement of the sun. A tiny cloud or slight increase in humidity can ruin the moment, which lasts between 0.5-2.0 seconds. A special filter is required to avoid eye damage. I left the house before dawn to set up near Tbilisi, Georgia. About 1.5 minutes before the moment, I felt the most nervous and kept checking the focus. I didn't know until I got home and examined the images on my computer that I had successfully captured this rare moment. After editing and combining five separate frames, you can see that the ISS passed right next to a dark sunspot. My next challenge is to capture the ISS passing in front of the prominences of the sun - a bright, gaseous feature that extends outward from the sun's surface, only visible using a special filter." REUTERS/Irakli Gedenidze/File Photo SEARCH "POY STORIES 2021" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
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November 11, 2021 
A long exposure shows a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Crew Dragon capsule, as it is launched carrying... 
Cape Canaveral, UNITED STATES 
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Crew Dragon capsule, is launched carrying four astronauts on a mission... 
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, U.S. November 10, 2021. REUTERS/Thom Baur TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
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September 02, 2021 
Firefly Aerospace's first Alpha rocket suffers a catastrophic anomaly during its first launch leading... 
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Firefly Aerospace's first Alpha rocket suffers a catastrophic anomaly after launch in California 
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, U.S. September 2, 2021. REUTERS/Gene Blevins TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
SPACE-EXPLORATION/SPACEX
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February 02, 2021 
The SpaceX Starship SN9 explodes into a fireball after its high altitude test flight from test facilities... 
BOCA CHICA, UNITED STATES 
The SpaceX Starship SN9 explodes into a fireball after its high altitude test flight from test facilities... 
The SpaceX Starship SN9 explodes into a fireball after its high altitude test flight from test facilities in Boca Chica, Texas, U.S. February 2, 2021. REUTERS/Gene Blevins TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
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October 13, 2021 
Blue Origin's rocket New Shepard blasts off carrying Star Trek actor William Shatner, 90, on billionaire... 
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Blue Origin New Shepard rocket blasts off carrying Star Trek actor William Shatner on suborbital flight... 
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, U.S., October 13, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Blake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
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July 20, 2021 
Billionaire American businessman Jeff Bezos wears goggles owned by Amelia Earhart which he carried into... 
VAN HORN, UNITED STATES 
Billionaire American businessman Bezos wears goggles owned by Amelia Earhart which he carried into space... 
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, Texas, U.S. July 20, 2021. REUTERS/Joe Skipper TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
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April 28, 2021 
The full moon, known as the "Super Pink Moon" rises behind the Eiffel Tower during a nationwide curfew... 
Paris, France 
Pictures of the Year 
The full moon, known as the "Super Pink Moon" rises behind the Eiffel Tower during a nationwide curfew due to tighter measures against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Paris, France, April 27, 2021. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File Photo TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY SEARCH "GLOBAL POY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "REUTERS POY" FOR ALL BEST OF 2021 PACKAGES. 
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September 15, 2021 
Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments and flight commander, says good-bye to his wife Monica... 
Cape Canaveral, UNITED STATES 
Inspiration 4 civilian crew before lauch into orbit on SpaceX Falcone 9 rocket at Kennedy Space Center... 
Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments and flight commander, says good-bye 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 SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., September 15, 2021. REUTERS/Joe Skipper 
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September 15, 2021 
The Inspiration 4 civilian crew aboard a Crew Dragon capsule and SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from... 
Cape Canaveral, UNITED STATES 
The Inspiration 4 civilian crew aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Kennedy Space Center 
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, U.S. September 15, 2021. REUTERS/Sam Wolfe 
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