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Year Ender 2023: A look back at the top space moments of the year

Updated On Dec 30, 2023 04:35 PM IST
  • Here's a retrospective look at the most significant, enjoyable, and captivating space stories from 2023.
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The year 2023 has been particularly thrilling for the space sector, especially for India, as the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) achieved the first-ever soft landing on the Moon's south polar region. Here's an overview of this year's events. (PTI) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Dec 30, 2023 04:35 PM IST

The year 2023 has been particularly thrilling for the space sector, especially for India, as the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) achieved the first-ever soft landing on the Moon's south polar region. Here's an overview of this year's events. (PTI)

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NASA announces crew for Artemis II manned mission: On April 3, NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) revealed the four astronauts selected for the Artemis II mission, which aims to orbit the Moon. This mission, slated for launch next year, marks the first crewed lunar voyage in over 50 years. (REUTERS) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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NASA announces crew for Artemis II manned mission: On April 3, NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) revealed the four astronauts selected for the Artemis II mission, which aims to orbit the Moon. This mission, slated for launch next year, marks the first crewed lunar voyage in over 50 years. (REUTERS)

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SpaceX's Starship explodes shortly after launching: On April 20, the most powerful rocket ever constructed faced multiple engine failures and exploded within minutes of its launch from SpaceX's Starbase spaceport in Texas. (REUTERS) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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SpaceX's Starship explodes shortly after launching: On April 20, the most powerful rocket ever constructed faced multiple engine failures and exploded within minutes of its launch from SpaceX's Starbase spaceport in Texas. (REUTERS)

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Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic completes first manned mission to space: On June 29, British entrepreneur Richard Branson's space venture Virgin Galactic achieved its first manned mission to the edge of space. (AP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic completes first manned mission to space: On June 29, British entrepreneur Richard Branson's space venture Virgin Galactic achieved its first manned mission to the edge of space. (AP)

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NASA's James Webb Space Telescope marks its first anniversary: On July 12, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope celebrated its first anniversary, capturing stunning images of celestial phenomena. (NASA GSFC/CIL/Adriana Manrique Gutierrez) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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NASA's James Webb Space Telescope marks its first anniversary: On July 12, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope celebrated its first anniversary, capturing stunning images of celestial phenomena. (NASA GSFC/CIL/Adriana Manrique Gutierrez)

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Virgin Galactic takes first space tourists on successful flight: On August 11, a Virgin Galactic rocket carried its first space tourists to the edge of space, including a former British Olympian who purchased his ticket 18 years ago and a mother-daughter duo from the Caribbean. (REUTERS) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Virgin Galactic takes first space tourists on successful flight: On August 11, a Virgin Galactic rocket carried its first space tourists to the edge of space, including a former British Olympian who purchased his ticket 18 years ago and a mother-daughter duo from the Caribbean. (REUTERS)

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Russia's Luna-25 mission crashes on the moon's surface: On August 20, the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos confirmed that Russia's Luna-25 spacecraft, which was launched to perform a soft landing on the south pole of the moon, crashed due to propulsion manoeuvre issues. (Roscosmos) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Russia's Luna-25 mission crashes on the moon's surface: On August 20, the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos confirmed that Russia's Luna-25 spacecraft, which was launched to perform a soft landing on the south pole of the moon, crashed due to propulsion manoeuvre issues. (Roscosmos)

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India's Chandrayaan-3 mission: On August 23, India achieved a historic milestone by becoming the first country to successfully carry out a soft landing near the south pole of the moon. (Twitter/@isro) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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India's Chandrayaan-3 mission: On August 23, India achieved a historic milestone by becoming the first country to successfully carry out a soft landing near the south pole of the moon. (Twitter/@isro)

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Aditya-L1 Mission: On September 2, ISRO launched India's first space-based solar observatory to study the sun from a halo orbit around the Sun-Earth Lagrangian point (L1), situated approximately 1.5 million km from Earth. (Facebook/ISRO) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Aditya-L1 Mission: On September 2, ISRO launched India's first space-based solar observatory to study the sun from a halo orbit around the Sun-Earth Lagrangian point (L1), situated approximately 1.5 million km from Earth. (Facebook/ISRO)

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NASA’s first asteroid sample lands on Earth: After seven years, NASA's first asteroid sample returned to Earth on October 4. Upon initial examination, researchers discovered black dust and debris on the avionics deck of the Osiris-Rex science canister, as reported by the US Space Agency. (NASA) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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NASA’s first asteroid sample lands on Earth: After seven years, NASA's first asteroid sample returned to Earth on October 4. Upon initial examination, researchers discovered black dust and debris on the avionics deck of the Osiris-Rex science canister, as reported by the US Space Agency. (NASA)

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Japan launches H-IIA rocket: On September 7, Japan successfully launched its H-IIA rocket, carrying the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) Moon lander, which is scheduled to land early next year. (REUTERS) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Japan launches H-IIA rocket: On September 7, Japan successfully launched its H-IIA rocket, carrying the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) Moon lander, which is scheduled to land early next year. (REUTERS)

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