A new direction in pace exploration began in the 2010s. SpaceX, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, these private companies are now taking the reigns from NASA and the ESA. The Space Shuttle retired and Elon Musk launched clouds of satellites that will provide internet to the globe. As we approach the end of 2019, we can look back and celebrate a remarkable set of achievements in our understanding and exploration of the universe beyond our planet. Here are ten of the finest achievements in space exploration of the last 10 years. SUBSCRIBE FOR THE LATEST VIDEOS VISIT DIGITAL TRENDS In our studio: BDI Corridor Media Console: Music: Digital Trends may earn a commission when you buy through links on our channels. FOLLOW US!