September 11, 2013
'A Soyuz rocket with Expedition 36/37 Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineers: Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency, center, and Karen Nyberg of NASA, onboard, launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, bound for the ISS, on May 29, 2013.' NASA / Bill Ingalls

'A Soyuz rocket with Expedition 36/37 Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineers: Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency, center, and Karen Nyberg of NASA, onboard, launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, bound for the ISS, on May 29, 2013.' NASA / Bill Ingalls

September 11, 2013
'The Canadarm2 grapples the unpiloted Japanese “Kounotori” HTV-4, as it approaches the station, and will attach it to the Earth-facing port of the station's Harmony node, on August 9, 2013.' (NASA)

'The Canadarm2 grapples the unpiloted Japanese “Kounotori” HTV-4, as it approaches the station, and will attach it to the Earth-facing port of the station's Harmony node, on August 9, 2013.' (NASA)

February 11, 2013
'This image taken by the panoramic camera onboard Opportunity shows the rover's now-empty lander, the Challenger Memorial Station, at Meridiani Planum, Mars, on February 27, 2004.' (NASA/JPL/Cornell)

'This image taken by the panoramic camera onboard Opportunity shows the rover's now-empty lander, the Challenger Memorial Station, at Meridiani Planum, Mars, on February 27, 2004.' (NASA/JPL/Cornell)

January 23, 2013
'The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, under construction. ALMA will be initially composed of 66 antennas, consisting a main array of fifty 12-meter antennas that can be spread over distances from 150 metres to 16 kilometers. In addition to the main array, ALMA will also have a compact array, composed of four 12-meter antennas plus twelve 7-meter antennas. By using the technique of interferometry, ALMA will work as a single giant telescope, enabling astronomers to observe the cold universe with unprecedented sensitivity and resolution. (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO/W. Garnier)’

'The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, under construction. ALMA will be initially composed of 66 antennas, consisting a main array of fifty 12-meter antennas that can be spread over distances from 150 metres to 16 kilometers. In addition to the main array, ALMA will also have a compact array, composed of four 12-meter antennas plus twelve 7-meter antennas. By using the technique of interferometry, ALMA will work as a single giant telescope, enabling astronomers to observe the cold universe with unprecedented sensitivity and resolution. (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO/W. Garnier)

January 23, 2013
'The KMOS spectrograph, shown when it was undergoing tests at the UK Astronomy Technology Center in Edinburgh, before it was shipped to Chile to become a powerful new instrument on the VLT. The 24 robotic arms are visible. (STFC/UKATC/ESO)’

'The KMOS spectrograph, shown when it was undergoing tests at the UK Astronomy Technology Center in Edinburgh, before it was shipped to Chile to become a powerful new instrument on the VLT. The 24 robotic arms are visible. (STFC/UKATC/ESO)

December 5, 2012
The cell phone in war
Government army FARDC soldiers use mobile phones to record a video in the town of Sake, some 27 km (17 miles) west of Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

The cell phone in war

Government army FARDC soldiers use mobile phones to record a video in the town of Sake, some 27 km (17 miles) west of Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

October 10, 2012
Construction crew members stand in front of the South Pole Telescope (SPT). Joshua Miller, Ryan Kunz, John R. Mallon III, Chris Kendal and Eric Nichols assembled the ground shield (the ‘squarish’ outer rim) around the 10-meter parabolic dish during the 2011-12 austral summer. The shield will help prevent ground reflection interference. The SPT is examining Cosmic Microwave Background and Dark Matter. Photo taken on January 11, 2012. (National Science Foundation/John Mallon III) Scenes from Antartica

Construction crew members stand in front of the South Pole Telescope (SPT). Joshua Miller, Ryan Kunz, John R. Mallon III, Chris Kendal and Eric Nichols assembled the ground shield (the ‘squarish’ outer rim) around the 10-meter parabolic dish during the 2011-12 austral summer. The shield will help prevent ground reflection interference. The SPT is examining Cosmic Microwave Background and Dark Matter. Photo taken on January 11, 2012. (National Science Foundation/John Mallon III) Scenes from Antartica

August 3, 2012
In October of 2011, the camera captures a unique view of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission, as a technician separates the overhead crane from the cruise stage after it was lifted onto a rotation stand. The cruise stage provides solar power, thrusters for navigation, and heat exchangers to the rover during its nine-month flight from Earth to Mars. (NASA/Glenn Benson) InFocus: Curiosity Just Days Away From Mars

In October of 2011, the camera captures a unique view of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission, as a technician separates the overhead crane from the cruise stage after it was lifted onto a rotation stand. The cruise stage provides solar power, thrusters for navigation, and heat exchangers to the rover during its nine-month flight from Earth to Mars. (NASA/Glenn Benson) InFocus: Curiosity Just Days Away From Mars

August 3, 2012
The flat, circular object in the foreground of the image is heat shield for the MSL — the largest heat shield ever to be flown in space. The heat shield and the back shell (center, containing the rover Curiosity), are about to be joined together to form an encapsulating aeroshell that will protect the rover from the intense heat and friction that will be generated as the flight system descends through the Martian atmosphere slowing from an initial speed of approximately 21,600 kph (13,420 mph) down to about 2,450 kph (1,522 mph), when the parachute will deploy. (NASA/JPL-Caltech) InFocus: Curiosity Just Days Away From Mars

The flat, circular object in the foreground of the image is heat shield for the MSL — the largest heat shield ever to be flown in space. The heat shield and the back shell (center, containing the rover Curiosity), are about to be joined together to form an encapsulating aeroshell that will protect the rover from the intense heat and friction that will be generated as the flight system descends through the Martian atmosphere slowing from an initial speed of approximately 21,600 kph (13,420 mph) down to about 2,450 kph (1,522 mph), when the parachute will deploy. (NASA/JPL-Caltech) InFocus: Curiosity Just Days Away From Mars

January 3, 2012
…the first PRT to train on a new virtual reality combat simulator on December 16, 2011 (US Army/Staff Sgt. Matthew Scotten) #img02

…the first PRT to train on a new virtual reality combat simulator on December 16, 2011 (US Army/Staff Sgt. Matthew Scotten) #img02

June 14, 2011
The Big Picture: Immigration 
Illegal immigrants appear on a night vision monitor screen of the Hungarian border police on the country’s southern border with Serbia near Roeszke, Hungary June 25, 2008. British and Hungarian police said on April 19, 2011 they have cracked down on a people smuggling network that brought thousands of Vietnamese into Europe. Ninety-eight smugglers and other members of the network have been arrested since the project began in 2009.

The Big Picture: Immigration 

Illegal immigrants appear on a night vision monitor screen of the Hungarian border police on the country’s southern border with Serbia near Roeszke, Hungary June 25, 2008. British and Hungarian police said on April 19, 2011 they have cracked down on a people smuggling network that brought thousands of Vietnamese into Europe. Ninety-eight smugglers and other members of the network have been arrested since the project began in 2009.