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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Across the Universe
    A jet is silhouetted against the ‘harvest Moon’ near London's Heathrow Airport. The term is used to describe the full Moon closest to the autumn Equinox. (Copyright: Reuters)
  • Raising the wreck
    Members of US salvage company Titan and Italy’s Micoperi work to free the hull of the cruise ship Costa Concordia near the Italian island of Giglio. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Rocket replenishment
    The Antares rocket lifts off from NASA Wallops Island in Virginia to deliver 600kg (1,300lb) of supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). (Copyright: Nasa/AP)
  • Huge plume
    A cloud of ash rises from Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The mountain, dormant for three years, has recently begun erupting. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Lights fantastic
    Shifting lights of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) near Grotfjord, Norway - a category finalist in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest. (Copyright: Fredrik Broms)
  • Seaward scramble
    A Loggerhead turtle hatchling races towards the Mediterranean Sea after breaking out of its egg in a protected area in Netanya, Israel. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Eyes on the sky
    Plane-spotters take pictures of an approaching British Airways Airbus A380 over the River Liffey in Dublin. (Copyright: PA)
  • Tank mates
    A whale shark and a bottlenose dolphin swim at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, Japan. The whale shark feeds only on plankton. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Sunny sailer
    The Turanor PlanetSolar, the world's largest solar boat, sails down the River Seine in Paris. It is the first to sail round the world using only the Sun's energy. (Copyright: AP)
The best photographs of the last seven days, including a stunning image of the Northern Lights and a baby turtle’s scramble to safety.

More stunning image galleries:

Robot dragon and lightning strike

Yosemite fires and an eclipse from Mars

Augmented reality in the operating room

Worm burgers and beetle robots

Baby lobsters and the most sophisticated robot of its time

Clouds from space, illegal animal trade, and an eyeball-shaped camera

Lightning strikes and a popsicle-licking polar bear

Supersonic planes, migrating whales and hair washing in space

Space ventures, extreme Earth, and hot elephants

Flying aces, challenging swims and confused robots

Supermoon, Tesla coils and medical clowns

World’s biggest solar-powered boat and forest fires

Astronaut photography, a tiny helicopter and a hovering bike

Rocket launch, a superfast train, and a tooth shark

Fire-fighting from the skies and an animatronic King Kong

Dancing robots, a pair of MiGs and a topsy-turvy tiger

A drone at sea, a curious lemur and a dramatic landing from space

Tiny robots, printable guns and a sunken German bomber

Dramatic storms, face transplants and a pensive gorilla

Space, bionic limbs and robot protests

Rubber wastelands, a trip to a taxidermist and hurricane testing labs

Flu scares, robot surgery and the untouched planet

Cars in flight, active volcanoes and an enormous tarantula

Giant eggs, natural born killers and a musical use for gun parts

The universe’s earliest light, zero gravity and a macaque with hayfever

Comets, the world’s largest astronomical project and a lagoon of death

Biblical swarms, reaching out into space, and jumping rats

Deep sea beauty, giant drilling machines and hypnotic space telescopes

Stunning views of Earth and up close and personal with a human parasite

Russian meteor, extreme weather and a turtle with artificial fins

Cosmic storms, the first bionic man and how to clean a oil-covered bird

Birth of stars, life at sub-zero temperatures and micro-living in the city

Pollution from space, active volcanoes and a robot restaurant

Amazing Lego sculptures, freakish weather… and Big Bird

Gruesome tools, environmental disasters and intimate views from space. 

Christmas treats and the end of the world

Bathing snow monkeys, a tweeting pope and elephant dung coffee.

Architectural giants and a new way of seeing the Moon

Red pandas, Saturn and Nature’s unstoppable forces

The world's largest bloom, the world's largest aquarium and the world's fastest sailing boat

Venice under water, a total eclipse and a pedestrian-avoiding car

Space shuttle, Baumgartner and Hurricane Sandy

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