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A Year in Search: Google’s 2012 Year in Review

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The space shuttle Endeavour is seen atop the Over Land Transporter (OLT) after exiting the Los Angeles International Airport on its way to its new home at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. The space shuttle Endeavour is seen atop the Over Land Transporter (OLT) after exiting the Los Angeles International Airport on its way to its new home at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Flickr user NASA HQ Photo

Today Google published their annual review of 2012, highlighting the most searched moments of the past year. It’s a beautiful video, encapsulating the mesmerizing achievements, devastating losses and unique quirks that defined humanity this year.

Many of the most searched moments of the last year revolve around the people and accomplishments of the federal government. A few of the government-linked moments you’ll see fly by:

  • The 2012 Presidential Election
  • The Success of NASA and the landing of Mars Curiosity
  • The passing of astronauts Neil Armstrong and Sally Ride
  • The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
  • The triumph of American athletes during 2012 London Olympics
  • The final journey of the Space Shuttle Endeavour

Take three minutes to watch the video below—and take an extra minute to reflect on the spectacular diversity of the planet we have the privilege of inhabiting. People are downright spectacular.

Share your thoughts on the video in the comments below.

Mark Micheli is Special Projects Editor for Government Executive Media Group. He's the editor of Excellence in Government Online and contributes to GovExec, NextGov and Defense One. Previously, he worked on national security and emergency management issues with the US Treasury Department and the Department of Homeland Security. He's a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and studied at Drake University.

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