From India's Chandrayaan 2 mission to the first all-women spacewalk and commercial crew milestones by US-based companies, 2019 offered several exciting moments for space enthusiasts.
India's lunar mission Chandrayaan 2 was expected to make its soft landing on the surface of the Moon on September 7. While the Orbiter component of the spacecraft made it to the Moon without any glitch, it's lander 'Vikram' lost communication with the ground stations in the last stages of the landing attempt. (PTI Photo)
India conducted its first anti-satellite missile test, Mission Shakti, in March. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 27 announced that the country's anti-satellite missile successfully targeted a live satellite on a low earth orbit in just three minutes making India only the fourth country in the world to achieve this feat after the US, Russia and China. (PTI Photo)
China’s Chang'e-4 lunar probe became the first spacecraft to make a soft landing on the far side of the Moon in January. (Representational image)
Astronauts Jessica Meir and Christa Koch made history with the first all-female spacewalk, an excursion to repair a power unit on the International Space Station. The women, as part of the operation, spent more than seven hours outside the space station in October. (Nasa via AP)
The Elon Musk-owned SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule completed its historic unmanned flight test in March with a timely splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean as part of the uncrewed flight test of their spacecraft to the International Space Station in partnership with Nasa's Commercial Crew Programme, and Boeing. (Space X via AP)