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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Blue tadpole
    A bright blue protostar – one of the earliest incarnations of a forming star – is captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. (Nasa)
  • Creeping fires
    A blaze near Valparaiso, northwest of the Chilean capital Santiago. More than 50 homes were damaged by the fire, though there were no reports of deaths or injuries. (Reuters)
  • Bad moon rising
    A lunar eclipse took place this week, where the Earth passes between the Moon and the Sun. The Moon, blood red from being in Earth's shadow, is seen in Brasilia, Brazil. (Reuters)
  • Tin pins
    New legs for Nasa’s Robonaut tested in one of its labs. A pair of legs is being sent to the International Space Station’s robot crew member, Robonaut 2. (Nasa/Reuters)
  • Sky lines
    Contrails from jets flying overhead form a backdrop behind the National Museum of Art in Washington DC. (AP)
  • Clean beak of health
    Veterinarian Miguel Angel Mansilla with a green sea turtle that had been rescued by fishermen in Chile. After recuperating, it was released back into the wild. (Reuters)
  • Solar silhouette
    The new Solar Impulse 2 aircraft has its solar panels tested for the first time in Payerne, Switzerland. It weighs 2.4 tons and has more than 17,000 solar cells. (Reuters)
  • Robot rider
    A robotic jockey riding a camel during the Al Marmoom Heritage Festival in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The robots have GPS tracking and heat-monitoring systems. (Getty Images)
  • Ape’s escape
    A 14-year-old male orangutan is examined before surgery to remove air rifle pellets – the ape comes from forest in Borneo being cleared for palm plantations. (AFP/Getty Images)
The most impressive images this week from science, tech and health, including a blood red Moon in Brazil and the latest thing in camel racing – robot jockeys.

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Volcanic plumes and home-made tanks

Tropical thunder

Ash rises into the sky from Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano near Banos, south of the capital Quito. The volcano has been classified as active since 1999. (Reuters)

 Foggy landings and robot tackles

Foggy flyer

A plane comes in to land at Heathrow Airport, west London, during heavy fog caused by pollution and dust blown up from the Sahara Desert. (PA)

Space suit test and peeking penguins


Gentoo penguins at the start of their breeding seasons at the Sea Life London Aquarium. (PA Wire)

Ocean secrets and the dawn of the Universe

Blue diamond

Four F/A-18s of the US Navy Blue Angels display team perform a close-formation aerobatics stunt during an air show in El Centro, California. (Imperial Valley Press/AP)

Sexy robots and an eerie whale

Sex machines

Two robots perform a cheeky pole dance on the eve of the CeBIT Technology Trade Fair in Hanover, Germany. (AFP/Getty Images)

Aurora mission and frozen falls

Awesome aurora 2

A Nasa rocket is launched into an aurora over the Alaskan village of Venetie. The rocket’s mission was to investigate “curls” – patterns showing magnetic activity. (Nasa/Reuters)

Leopard escape and London time travel

Bridging two worlds

George Davison Reid’s 1930 view of Tower Bridge is merged with a modern scene as part of an exhibit at the Museum of London. (GD Reid/Museum of London)

Iced-up airliners and a violent Sun

Melting moment

An airport worker sprays de-icing liquid onto a Boeing 737m, as China shivers during snowy winter weather. (Reuters)

Dancing F-16s and a view of the Universe

Aerial dance

Two F-16s of the Singaporean Air Force display team the Black Knights, captured during a performance at the Singapore Airshow. (AP)

A rocket’s slow crawl and a spectacular volcano

Slow crawl to the stars

A Russian Soyuz-U booster carrying an unmanned cargo spacecraft Progress M-22M heads to the launchpad at Baikonur, Kazakhstan. (AFP/Getty Images)

A lion's check up and a brain sculpture

Feline canines

A Kenya Wildlife Service team take measurements of a male lion’s teeth while they prepare to fit the animal with a GPS tracking collar in Nairobi National Park. (AP)

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