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Video by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | The crescent moon sets behind Boston skyline in this extreme-telephoto view. We are so used to the moon's presence that we often forget its cosmic identity. How bizarre it is to see another world so strikingly in our sky, from 400,000 kilometers away. Fifty years ago this month, Apollo 11 astronauts made a history by walking on the moon, on July 20, 1969. This clip is also a tribute to "Koyaanisqatsi" (which means life out of balance), an impressive 1982 documentary filmed by pioneer cinematographer Ron Fricke that inspired me as a teenager, with its message and a stunning composite scene of the moon and skyscrapers. Explore more of the World at Night photography with me @babaktafreshi. Soundtrack is Gravity of the Moon by Tonelabs Studio. #twanight #moon #astrophotography #ronfricke

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Video by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | Travel to the moon in one minute. For a car going nonstop at highway speed, it would take six months to travel the roughly 240,000 miles to the moon. This zoom was created from a single-exposure, high-resolution telescope photograph; I added the rotation in post-production for a sense of the journey that took four days for the Apollo 11 astronauts—a tribute to the first human landing on the moon 50 years ago, on July 20, 1969. NASA plans to return to the moon by landing astronauts on the lunar south pole in the next decade. The space-tourism industry is aiming for commercial trips to the moon in the 2030s, with a spacecraft that loops around the moon (no landing) and returns to Earth. The trip would cost an estimated $100 million per seat, and include months of ground-based training. Explore more of space photography with me @babaktafreshi. #moon #apollo50th #apollo11 #astrophotography

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Photo by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | Today is the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. The race to reach the space in 1950s was largely driven by political leaders to establish a new superpower. An immense budget and public will supported both Soviet and American space scientists to advance technologies like never before. The Sputnik satellite launched the space age in 1957. The U.S. remained second, until Apollo 8 astronauts reached the moon orbit in 1968 and Apollo 11 landed on the moon in July 1969. After the Apollo programs, the manned space race faded and efficient robotic exploration of the solar system, at far lower cost, became the focus of increasingly international collaborations. Explore more of astronomy and space photography with me @babaktafreshi. #moon #apollo50 #space #astrophotography

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Photo by Mattias A. Klum @mattiasklumofficial | Early morning in Danum Valley, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. I have been fortunate enough to have spent a lot of time over the years in the magnificent Bornean rainforest, a realm filled with miracles big and small. This forest is estimated to be at least 130 million years old, making it one of the oldest rainforests in the world (and twice as old as the Amazon). Borneo is extremely rich in biodiversity, providing habitat for about 15,000 known species of flowering plants, and more than 3,000 tree species, 221 terrestrial mammal species, and 420 bird species. It is essential for mankind to save these remarkable ecosystems to secure global stability and resilience. To do that, we can support rainforest conservation and try to avoid products containing uncertified palm oil. Please go to @mattiasklumofficial to see more images and stories from projects around the world. #borneo #biodiversity #conservation #rainforest #beauty @thephotosociety

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Photo by Michael Christopher Brown @michaelchristopherbrown | A vendor crosses a street during rush hour in Mumbai, India. The dense city has an estimated population of nearly 13 million people, with a total of 21 million in the greater metropolitan area, the largest in India.

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Photo by Katie Orlinsky @katieorlinsky | Kaliegh Charles collects goose eggs with her family along the Ninglick River in western Alaska. The Charles family live nearby in Newtok, a Yupik village of roughly 380 people. Subsistence-based practices such as gathering eggs, hunting, and fishing are a way of life there, crucial to everything from culture and economy to nutrition and survival. Newtok is also an urgent and extreme example of climate change: The village is sinking as the permafrost beneath it thaws, and it is estimated that in three to five years it could be underwater. The entire village plans to move to a new site nine miles upriver this summer. Alaska native communities like Newtok are inextricably tied to the land, yet will be some of the first communities in the world forced to relocate as a result of climate change.

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Photo by Thomas Peschak @thomaspeschak | This is Te Tara Koi Koia, a near-mythical, pyramid-shaped island at the southern edge of New Zealand’s remote Chatham Islands. This is the only nesting site of the Chatham albatross in the world. It's precariously exposed to the what some call the Southern Ocean, so landing is only possible on a handful of days every year; it took 27 days of waiting until conditions allowed me the privilege to spend 24 hours on Te Tara Koi Koia. On assignment for @natgeo, I worked with the @chatham_taiko_trust to photograph seabirds in one of the wildest places I have ever experienced. To see more photographs from Te Tara Koi Koia follow @thomaspeschak

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Photo by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder | A North Korean soldier stands in front of Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang. The painted coordinates on the street and square mark the marching steps made during mass military parades held in the capital city. Please follow me @dguttenfelder for an inside look at North Korea, where I have been traveling and photographing for the past 19 years.

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Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | The Colorado River Delta was once one of the richest estuaries in North America, but due to human use hardly any water now crosses the Mexican border. This has turned the fertile delta into a sterile sandy plain raked by 30-foot tides. I was a little nervous flying out there in my paraglider at low tide; if my motor went on strike, I would have had a hard time walking out before the tide came back in. To explore more of our earth from above, follow @geosteinmetz.

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Video screenshot by Bertie Gregory @bertiegregory | A male polar bear stretches on the west coast of the Hudson Bay in Canada. These huge bears can weigh up to 1,600 pounds (726 kilograms). This particular male was in no rush. He was waiting at the water’s edge in anticipation of the big freeze, an annual event when Arctic waters turn into a rock-solid ice pathway. This ice allows him to hunt his primary prey, the ringed seal. Our warming climate is delaying the arrival of the big freeze by about a day each year. That means that this bear has lost a month of the hunting time that previous generations relied on. To see this guy in action and to learn more about polar bears’ incredible lives, check out my new online series, ‘Wild_Life: The Big Freeze’ at natgeo.com/wildlife or on National Geographic YouTube. Content sponsored by @ExploreCanada.

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Photo by Ismail Ferdous @ismailferdous | A portrait of a boy who works in the leather industry in Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh. He's turned a deflated basketball into a helmet to protect his head. The industry was the second largest export sector of Bangladesh in 2014-2015. For more stories follow @ismailferdous

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Photo by Jimmy Chin @jimmychin | Step, step, breathe. Kit DesLauriers finds calm amid the chaotic crevasses of the Khumbu Icefall, Chomolungma (Mount Everest). No crowds (or any other teams on the mountain) were seen on this ascent of Everest during the post-monsoon season. For more images of mountain adventures around the world, follow @jimmychin

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