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JUNE 29: Burning for a week, the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs has burned 15,517 acres. This photograph of smoke from the fire was taken by Nasa's Aqua satellite.
JUNE 28: This Nasa satellite image shows both rainbow-like lines stretching diagonally through the centre of the image and von Karman vortex clouds. Below is the Pacific island, Guadalupe.
A particularly strong jet stream churns through Saturn's northern hemisphere in this false-colour view from Nasa's Cassini spacecraft. Clouds associated with the jet stream can be seen in the upper right about a third of the way down from the top of this image.
JUNE 26: NASA staff have completed the final weld on the first space-bound Orion capsule. It will be blasted 15 times farther away from Earth than the International Space Station before returning.
JUNE 25: An enhanced-colour image from Mars shows part of the ejecta from an impact crater. It contains some of the best exposures of ancient bedrock on the planet.
Ford assembly lines have come a long way since 1913 when the car company first produced a Model T on a moving line - the first vehicle mass produced using the industrial method.
Pictured is a Ford assembly plant in Chongqing municipality, China, where just one man watches the moving line.
In the early 20th Century, thousands of people were employed at each car manufacturing plant to work on the moving lines.
The Hubble telescope captured this view of the dwarf galaxy UGC 5497, which looks a bit like salt sprinkled on black velvet in this image. The object is a compact blue dwarf galaxy that is infused with newly formed clusters of stars.
Fifteen orbits of the recently launched Suomi NPP satellite provided enough time to gather the pixels for this synthesised view of Earth showing the Arctic, Europe, and Asia.
JUNE 19: Niwa vessel Kaharoa used to measure the air-sea gas exchange in the Firth of Thames - a survey undertaken to observe the rate and capacity of the water there to absorb greenhouse gases.
JUNE 18: It may apear as if these two spiral galaxies are colliding - the eventual fate of our galaxy and Andromeda - but it's a trick of perspective. They're really separated by over 20 million light-years.
Sea ice growth and decay is the largest annual geophysical change on the planet.
Measuring this growth and decay is one of the key challenges in improving climate models.
This image shows newly broken out sea ice in Terra Nova Bay about 300km north of Scott Base.
This agyropelecus fish was trawled from a depth of 1837m in New Zealand waters at the Chatham Rise.
Brett Grant from Niwa deploys a turbulence profiler in Cook Strait. The device examines water turbulence and how it distributes water around New Zealand. For example, water originally from Westport might be mixed by turbulence in the strait to end up in the Marlborough Sounds.
Niwa monitors New Zealand's freshwater supplies frozen in the mountains. The monitoring station pictured is 2000m above the Milford Track.
Nasa conducts an engine test on the heavy lift rocket being built for use in space exploration missions.
Most plant seeds fall to the ground and found life from there, but plant seeds known as Geraniaceae drill their way down to have a better chance at life.
The Space Shuttle Enterprise is hoisted onto the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space museum - an aircraft carrier berthed at New York.
The colours of Nebula NGC 7026 are formed by a mixture of gases. A nebula is the gaseous wreckage of a dead star and it produces colour in a similar way to a neon light.
SpaceX's Dragon capsule sits on a barge after being retrieved from the Pacific Ocean after splashdown.
PINWHEEL GALAXY: The galaxy named M101 is in the constellation of Ursa Major, also known as the Big Dipper. This picture is an overlay of four seperate images taken from different telescopes.
MAY 30: A full moon rises over the South Pole Telescope (SPT) at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. This photo was taken at 2pm one afternoon last month. The sun set at the South Pole on March 22 and will not rise again until September 22.
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