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Slideshow: October’s best images

  • Crosstown traffic
    After 25 missions and 299 days in orbit, the space shuttle Endeavour travels through the streets of LA to its new home at the California Science Center. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • One giant leap
    Felix Baumgartner became the first skydiver to go faster than the speed of sound, reaching a max velocity of 833.9mph (1,342km/h). (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Flagship store
    Customers walk along the spiral steps of the newly opened Apple Store in the Wangfujing shopping district, Beijing – the company’s largest in Asia. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Martian landscape
    Cameras on Nasa’s Mars rover Curiosity survey the landscape from where it will collect the mission's first few scoopfuls of soil. (Copyright: Nasa)
  • Landmark launch
    The Microsoft Windows 8 operating system was finally unveiled - its touch interface will attempt to bridge the gap between tablets and personal computers. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Picture perfect
    Paul Nicklen’s spectacular image of bubble-jetting emperor penguins won the overall title of Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year. (Copyright: Paul Nicklen)
  • Storm brewing
    Hurricane Sandy passes through Cuba, causing devastation on its way to the East Coast of the US (Copyright: Nasa)
  • Photo storm
    Fake images of Hurricane Sandy hitting New York spread rapidly on Twitter, this image created by merging a supercell thunderstorm in Nebraska with one of the Statue of Liberty.
  • Gruesome offering
    Cupcakes depicting maggot therapy at the “Eat Your Heart Out 2012” cake shop in London’s Pathology Museum during the Halloween period. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Game effort
    A couple from Norway pose as characters from the computer gaming series “Journey”, outside the MCM London Comic Con Expo. (Copyright: Getty Images)
The most amazing and inspiring pictures taken this month – including Curiosity’s first steps, the space shuttle’s final journey and images (real and fake) of Hurricane Sandy.

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