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    Best Space Pictures of 2012

    See the astro photos we can't forget: The sun "smiles," the Mars rover takes a self-portrait, the shuttle bids farewell—and beyond.

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    Free downloads: Get 2012's most viewed screen scenes from National Geographic's Photo of the Day feature.

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    20 Best Extreme Photos

    From surfing monster waves to snowboarding icy spires—defying death never looked so beautiful. See for yourself.

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    Photos of the Year

    Penguins, a masked man, a tornado—see National Geographic's top ten, chosen by Editor Chris Johns. "The best photographs," he says, "will always surprise you." Which is your favorite?

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    Top 10 Travel Pictures

    "Successful travel photographs often show how humanity unites us all," says Traveler magazine photo editor Dan Westergren. See the 2012 shots he thinks were the most successful of all.

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    Pictures: Top 10 Discoveries

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    Weird News: 10 Freakiest Finds

    From a giant mystery eyeball to a "two faced" cat—see our editor's picks of the oddest National Geographic News finds of 2012.

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    Best Photos by Kids, for Kids!

    Kids take the darndest pictures, from sleeping cats to sliding babies. See our 12 favorites from 2012!

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    Superstorm Sandy smacked our energy supply, a supercomputer shattered records, and the U.S.—fueled by natural gas—surged ahead. Take our visual tour of the year in power.

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