Looking back, 2013 sure had its moments. From emotional to inspirational, we found these moments to be the most energizing of the year.
US President Barack Obama shares a dance with First Lady Michelle Obama at the Inaugural Ball in Washington, DC
The Mars rover Curiosity takes a self-portrait in space. This image, provided by NASA, was made from combining dozens of exposures taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager on the 177th Martian day of Curiosity's work on February 3, 2013.
A female private responds to her instructor's command for a head count during Marine Combat Training (MCT) on February 22, 2013 at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Though MCT was always a requirement for enlisted females, women were prohibited from direct combat roles and assignment until this year.
The Boston Red Sox celebrate their 6-1 win against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Six of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on October 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.
People gather round in Vatican City, Vatican and cheer as newly elected Pope Francis I appears on the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica.
Proud new parents Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge pose with their newborn son, Prince George of Cambridge as they leave the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England.
An attendee at the Google I/O developer conference on May 17, 2013 in San Francisco, California tries Google Glass. The high-tech eyewear has the potential to be a gamechanger in the way we work, play and live our lives in the future.
A World War II fighter pilot and veteran nurse reenact Victor Jorgensen's iconic photo of the kiss at Times Square to celebrate the anniversary of Victory over Japan Day in New York on August 14, 2013.
Water falls from the ceiling of the ‘Rain Room’ installation at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City as visitors walk through—without an umbrella. Because they don’t need one. The water stops as they walk through the 5,000 square-foot installation created by Random International.
The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate the goal that tied up the game in the third period of game six of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins.
A rock formation shines beneath a skylight in Hang Son Doong – the largest cave in the world. Located in Vietnam, the cave is over 5.5 miles long, has a jungle and a river, and could even fit a 40-story skyscraper within its walls. Discovered in 2009, it wasn’t until this year that the cave was opened to the public.
Sent from the Cassini spacecraft on July 19, 2013, this awe-inspiring image shows Saturn backlit by the sun. Besides the rings, three planets, Mars, Venus and Earth, are visible in the image.
Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani teenager and youngest Nobel Peace Prize nominee, addresses the European Parliament assembly after receiving the EU's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize in recognition of her crusade for the right to education for all.
Batkid makes his way down a crowd-lined street in San Francisco after the Make-A-Wish foundation transformed the city into Gotham City to make the little hero’s wish come true.
A Kuwaiti man makes the outline of a heart with his fingers to encompass a partially solar eclipse at Souq Sharq Marina in Kuwait City on November 3, 2013.
Still on the endangered species list, the presentation of 14 Panda cubs on September 23, 2013 at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu has excited research communities and proven that the fight to save them isn't over yet.
Same-sex marriage supporters celebrate the US Supreme Court ruling during a community rally on June 26, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ruled that supporters of California's ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8, could not defend it before the Supreme Court.
On August, 15, 2013, Area 51 was officially acknowledged, and mapped in newly released documents. While the CIA didn't reveal the presence of aliens, secrecy around the prolific government location was put to rest.
3-D printer builds a bee house using liquefied clay on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.
People run into the chilly water as they take part in the Coney Island Polar Bear Club's New Year's Day swim on January 1, 2013 to celebrate the first day of the new year.
This picture taken on July 27, 2013 shows people trying to cool off at a water park in Suining as a heatwave hit several provinces in China.
Lightning strikes over Poole Harbour during a thunderstorm on July 21, 2013 in Poole, England.
First published December 12 2013, 7:31 AM