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10 Cool Things NASA Did In 2013

As usual, we did lots of awesome stuff at NASA this year. It's hard not to do cool things when your job description includes "explore space." You can check out our full list of 2013 accomplishments here, but here are a few of our favorites:

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4. We sent multiple crews from around the world to humanity's ultimate home away from home -- the International Space Station. By the way, it's been up there for 15 years, and humans have been living, working and doing science research there for 13 of them. No sign of Bullock or Clooney yet, though.


Also, one of our launches got photobombed by this frog.

NASA's Ed Campion

7. Speaking of launches, lots of people saw them from their own back yard, with rockets leaving NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia visible up and down the East Coast. And about a quarter million people signed up on the Spot the Station site to find out where and when to see the orbital outpost overhead.


And if you waved at Saturn, you got to see your face in Earth and Saturn mosaics.

View this video on YouTube


10. This Russian Meteor -- OK, not technically a NASA "thing," but our web traffic spiked nearly 20 times normal, with almost 12 million page views that day. When space comes down to Earth, people are interested.