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Photo of the Day : Science & Space

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Picture of Jupiter moon Europa

Distant Oasis

Photo of the Day, June 16, 2014

The frozen, fissured surface of Jupiter's moon Europa, seen here in a colorized mosaic image from the Galileo spacecraft ...

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Picture of the ALMA array in Chile

Eyes on the Heavens

Photo of the Day, March 18, 2014

Light from the setting sun dances on antennas forming part of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), high in ...

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Picture of a sunset in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Sunset, South Africa

Photo of the Day, May 5, 2013

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In the southern summer of 2012, I spent ...

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Picture of a MikroKopter drone

MikroKopter Drone

Photo of the Day, March 18, 2013

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With eight arms spanning less than a yard, a ...

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Picture of an ecologist igniting a methane bubble

Methane Ignition, Alaska

Photo of the Day, March 16, 2013

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Methane is bubbling from lakes all over the warming ...

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Picture of a climber in an ice cave in Antarctica

Warren Cave, Antarctica

Photo of the Day, October 21, 2012

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

A mix of ropes and ladders eases access to ...

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Picture of a storm chaser driving towards lightning

Storm Chasing

Photo of the Day, September 25, 2012

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

With a 1,600-pound camera he calls the Kahuna ...

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Picture of an aurora borealis above the Arctic Circle

Aurora Borealis, Svalbard

Photo of the Day, September 22, 2012

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

I was visiting Longyearbyen, Svalbard, way up over the ...

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Picture of Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland

Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland

Photo of the Day, September 19, 2012

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

The volcano Eyjafjallajökull, in Iceland, just before dawn on ...

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Picture of an aurora over Iceland

Northern Lights, Iceland

Photo of the Day, August 31, 2012

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On this night northern lights had been predicted, so I decided ...

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Photo: Scientists collecting samples from a giant redwood tree

Redwood Tree, California

Photo of the Day, May 26, 2012

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Partway up a 350-foot tree, botanist Marie Antoine (at ...

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Photo: A volcanologist on Mutnovsky volcano in Kamchatka, Russia

Mutnovsky Volcano, Kamchatka

Photo of the Day, May 24, 2012

This Month in Photo of the Day: Adventure and Exploration Photos

A volcanologist strides through a murky expanse of steam ...

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Photo: Scientists study 3-D simulations of nuclear explosions

Nuclear Explosion Simulation, New Mexico

Photo of the Day, October 26, 2011

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Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory study ...

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Photo: Plastic balls in the Ivanhoe Reservoir

Ivanhoe Reservoir, Los Angeles

Photo of the Day, October 8, 2011

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In 2007, high levels of bromate—a ...

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Photo: An aurora lights up the sky over a lake

Aurora Borealis, Iceland

Photo of the Day, May 19, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Travel and Adventure Photos

This photo was taken in Iceland.

(This photo and ...

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Photo: A fiery lava lake inside a volcanic crater

Nyiragongo Lava, Congo

Photo of the Day, April 13, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

Cradling one of the world's largest and least ...

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Photo: A person walking on the lava floor of a caldera

Nyiragongo Volcano, Congo

Photo of the Day, March 24, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

An expedition member walks on the cooled lava floor ...

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Photo: Diprotodon tracks

Diprotodon Tracks, Australia

Photo of the Day, March 6, 2011

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On a drying lake bed in Victoria, a farmer ...

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Photo: Microscopic view of a butterfly egg

Butterfly Egg

Photo of the Day, October 23, 2010

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Perched on the tendril of a Passiflora ...

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Photo: Empire State Building at night

Empire State Building, New York

Photo of the Day, October 15, 2010

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In the city that never sleeps a new awareness ...

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Photo: Silhouette of a person against a starry sky

Starry Sky, Washington

Photo of the Day, September 18, 2010

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

Driving home over the Waterville Plateau, a waxing sliver ...

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Photo: Shuttle launch

Endeavour Shuttle Launch

Photo of the Day, August 15, 2010

This Month in Photo of the Day: Photos From the 2009 International Photo Contest

A tail of smoke chases the ...

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Photo: Man-made lightning striking a model power line

Lightning Model

Photo of the Day, December 15, 2009

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Westinghouse engineers use this miniature system for tests ...

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Photo: Children exposed to ultraviolet light

Ultraviolet Bath, Russia

Photo of the Day, October 26, 2009

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Make-believe summer lasts for a minute or ...

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Photo: Atom bomb test

Atom Bomb Test, Bikini Atoll

Photo of the Day, October 5, 2009

This Month in Photo of the Day: Images from the National Geographic Archive

The second atomic bomb tested in Operation ...

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Photo: Workers assembling airplane noses

Attack Bomber Assembly, California

Photo of the Day, October 2, 2009

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Nose assemblies for Douglas A-20 attack bombers ...

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photo: an electric plant in Spain

Electric Plant, Spain

Photo of the Day, September 14, 2009

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine

At an electric plant in southern Spain, mirrors as big ...

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Photo: Aerial view of Chicago city lights

Chicago City Lights

Photo of the Day, March 27, 2009

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

Chicago at night burns bright under blankets of clouds ...

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Woman Swimming, Berlin

Photo of the Day, March 13, 2009

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

Neurobiologist Constance Scharff finds inspiration swimming near her Berlin ...

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Newborn Weigh-In, India

Photo of the Day, March 11, 2009

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Founded in 1970, the Comprehensive Rural Health Project (also ...

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Health Worker Holding a Child, India

Photo of the Day, March 3, 2009

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Her fingers gnarled by leprosy suffered as a teenager ...

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Nuristan, Afghanistan, October 2006.  Blast halo and round exiting mortar tube as US forces engage nearby insurgents.  Mortar systems provide much needed relief for convoys and patrols that come under attack from insurgents.

Mortar System, Afghanistan

Photo of the Day, February 15, 2009

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Nuristan, Afghanistan, October 2006: Blast halo and round exiting mortar tube ...

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Photo: Northern lights above a house

Northern Lights, Trapper Creek, Alaska

Photo of the Day, January 26, 2009

Spectacular sky shows brighten the long winter nights for Alaska's year-round residents. This display of northern lights sets the ...

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Photo: Oil refinery at night

Oil Refinery, Ras Tanurah, Saudi Arabia

Photo of the Day, January 14, 2009

Gas flares fire the night at Saudi Aramco's Ras Tanurah refinery, north of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Each day sparkling ...

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Bioluminescent Organisms, Japan

Photo of the Day, January 5, 2009

The transparent shells of tiny Cypridina hilgendorfii, found in the coastal waters and sands of Japan, hold a creature that ...

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