From NASA’s New Orion Spacecraft and Space Launch System, one of 35 photos. Three 300-pound main parachutes gently lower a mockup Orion capsule to the ground during a test at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, on December 20, 2012. The Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) is NASA’s next manned spacecraft, currently in development, with an unmanned orbital test flight scheduled for December 2014. (NASA)
From 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, Part II, one of 28 photos. Kilauea, Big Island, Hawaii. The most extreme place we put our kayakers to paddle to date. (© Alexandre Socci/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)
From World War I in Photos: The Western Front Part II, and Armistice, one of 45 photos. A soldier of Company K, 110th Regt. Infantry (formerly 3rd and 10th Inf., Pennsylvania National Guard), just wounded, receiving first-aid treatment from a comrade. Varennes-en-Argonne, France, on September 26, 1918. (U.S. Army/U.S. National Archives)
Today’s entry is part 9 of a 10-part series on World War I, which will be posted every Sunday until June 29.
From Photos of the Week: 6/14-6/20, one of 35 photos. A giant statue of actress Marilyn Monroe, face down in dump site in Guigang, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, on June 18, 2014. The eight-meter-tall stainless steel statue, which weighs about eight tons, was made by several Chinese artists for over two years, based on the famous scene from her movie “The Seven Year Itch”. The statue was transported to the garbage collecting company early this week for unknown reasons after being showed outside a business center in the city for only 6 months, local media reported. (Reuters/China Daily)
From The 2014 World Cup, Part I, one of 36 photos. Wrapped in a Spanish national flag, a soccer fan reacts in frustration as she watches the live broadcast of the World Cup match between Spain and the Netherlands inside the FIFA Fan Fest area on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
From Global Coal Usage Reaches 44 Year High, one of 32 photos. A Ukrainian coal miner waits for a bus after finishing his shift at a coal mine outside Donetsk, Ukraine, on May 20, 2014. While coal consumption has dropped in Europe and North America in recent years, it has risen sharply in Asia. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
From Kim Jong Un’s Busy Year, one of 31 photos. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (front) in the conning tower of a submarine during his inspection of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) Naval Unit 167 in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on June 16, 2014. (Reuters/KCNA)
From World War I in Photos: Global Conflict, one of 45 photos. Annamese (colonial troops from French Indochina) disembarking at Camp Saint-Raphael. Over the course of the war, nearly 100,000 Indochinese were deployed in Europe, most as laborers, but several thousand also served in combat battalions. (Bibliotheque nationale de France)
Today’s entry is part 8 of a 10-part series on World War I, which will be posted every Sunday until June 29.
From Photos of the Week: 6/7-6/13, one of 35 photos. A wet owl, after a rainstorm, in a zoo in Eberswalde, Germany, on June 10, 2014. (Patrick Pleul/AFP/Getty Images)
From Iraqi Insurgents Capture Northern Cities, Move Toward Baghdad, one of 19 photos. A picture taken with a mobile phone shows an armored vehicle belonging to Iraqi security forces in flames on June 10, 2014, after hundreds of militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) launched a major assault on the security forces in Mosul, 370 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. Some 500,000 Iraqis have fled their homes in Iraq’s second-largest city of Mosul after Jihadist militants took control, fearing increased violence, the International Organization for Migration said. (AFP/Getty Images)
From Brazil Prepares for the World Cup, one of 40 photos. A Brazilian football fan plays with a soccer ball on a beach in Rio de Janeiro on June 8, 2014. The 2014 World Cup starts on Thursday, June 12. (Reuters/Eddie Keogh)
From World War I in Photos: The War at Sea, one of 45 photos. The former German submarine UB 148 at sea, after having been surrendered to the Allies. UB-148, a small coastal submarine, was laid down during the winter of 1917 and 1918 at Bremen, Germany, but never commissioned in the Imperial German Navy. She was completing preparations for commissioning when the armistice of November 11 ended hostilities. On November 26, UB-148 was surrendered to the British at Harwich, England. Later, when the United States Navy expressed an interest in acquiring several former U-boats to use in conjunction with a Victory Bond drive, UB-148 was one of the six boats allocated for that purpose. (US National Archives)
Today’s entry is part 7 of a 10-part series on World War I, which will be posted every Sunday until June 29.
From Photos of the Week: 5/31-6/6, one of 35 photos. British World War II veteran Frederick Glover watches as soldiers parachute down during a D-Day commemoration event in Ranville, western France, on June 5, 2014 — a day before the 70th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. (AP Photo/Thomas Bregardis)
From Scenes From D-Day, Then and Now, one of 21 photo pairs. A composite image of the seafront of Weymouth, England — in June of 1944 (left) and 70 years later, on April 5, 2014. In 1944, US troops on the Esplanade were on their way to embark on ships bound for Omaha Beach for the D-Day landings in Normandy. The Allied invasion to liberate mainland Europe from Nazi occupation during World War II took place on June 6, 1944. (Galerie Bilderwelt, 1944/Peter Macdiarmid, 2014/Getty Images)
From Tiananmen Square, 25 Years Ago, one of 44 photos. A Chinese man stands alone to block a line of tanks heading east on Beijing’s Cangan Boulevard in Tiananmen Square, on on June 5, 1989. The man, calling for an end to violence and bloodshed against pro-democracy demonstrators, was pulled away by bystanders, and the tanks continued on their way. More on this iconic image and the still-anonymous “tank man” here. (AP Photo/Jeff Widener)