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On Sunday, flight director Keith Comeaux, right, celebrates the Curiosity rover's successful landing on Mars with Martin Greco inside the Spaceflight Operations Facility at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. Curiosity is equipped with a nuclear-powered lab that is capable of vaporizing rocks, ingesting soil and measuring habitability, potentially paving the way for human exploration of the Red Planet.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

This photo provided by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows the gravel on the surface of Mars' Gale Crater, where the Curiosity rover landed late Sunday. On the horizon is the rim of the crater. Part of the spring that released the lens' dust cover can be seen at the bottom right, near the rover's wheel. At top left is part of the rover's power supply. The lines across the top are an artifact from the sensor since the camera is looking into the sun.


Hot air balloons take to the skies over Bristol. The early morning flight of more than 20 balloons was organized as a preamble to the four-day Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, which starts on Thursday. Now in its 34th year, the fiesta is Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Cardy / Getty Images

Paper lanterns float on the Motoyasu River in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima. Tens of thousands of people marked the 67th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima as a rising tide of anti-nuclear sentiment swells in post-Fukushima Japan.


An Indian model showcases a creation by Shivan and Narresh during Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajanish Kakade / Associated Press

Landscape architect Lisa Hankow paints a giant map of Berlin in the city center. The art installation, which will measure 50 meters X 50 meters when finished, is in the scale of 1:775, a design meant to coincide with the city's 775th anniversary in October.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sean Gallup / Getty Images

Washerwomen carry pots of water and coconuts during a Hindu ritual.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajesh Kumar Singh / Associated Press

A patrol of the Ivory Coast Republican Force rides to a search operation in Bingerville, a town near Abidjan. A raid on an army base in Abidjan left at least six dead in the latest of a string of attacks targeting the military in the economic capital of the Ivory Coast.


Police officers, firefighters and FBI agents set up near the Cudahy, Wis., home of Wade Page, who opened fire at a Sikh temple in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek on Sunday, killing six. Page was shot dead at the scene by a police officer.


An Israeli soldier inspects a burned armored vehicle near the Kerem Shalom border crossing after unidentified gunmen crossed into Israel from Egypt on Monday.


A Filipino man rests after pedalling a vehicle loaded with drinking water through floodwaters in an area northeast of Manila. Overnight rains triggered by a southwest monsoon affecting the Philippines flooded parts of Manila as well as neighboring provinces.


German police officers carry an anti-capitalist protester away from the occupy camp in front of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. Police have put up barricades around several dozen tents and have asked people to leave voluntarily. Several protesters banged drums or blew whistles and chanted "Occupy! Occupy!" The clearing follows a court ruling upholding city rules against camping on city-owned parkland.


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In Monday’s Pictures in the News: NASA’s Curiosity rover sends back its first images of the surface of Mars; back on this planet, hot air balloons take to the skies over Bristol, England; paper lanterns float on the Motoyasu River in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima to mark the 67th anniversary of the city’s atomic bombing; a patrol of the Ivory Coast Republican Force goes on a search operation after a raid on an army base in Abidjan left at least six of their comrades dead; on Sunday, police officers, firefighters and FBI agents set up near the Cudahy, Wis., home of Wade Page, the Sikh temple shooter. And there’s more.

1 Comment

  1. August 7, 2012, 1:32 am

    Why is the woman at the back smiling?

    By: ant

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