The unmanned Antares rocket explodes seconds after lift off

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The unmanned Antares rocket explodes seconds after lift off from a commercial launch pad at Wallops Island, Virginia.

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U.S. Marines march with flags during a handover ceremony

U.S. Marines march with flags during a handover ceremony, as the last U.S. Marines unit and British combat troops end their Afghan operations, in Helmand

U.S. Marines march with flags during a handover ceremony, as the last U.S. Marines unit and British combat troops end their Afghan operations, in Helmand.

U.S. troops load gear on an airplane before their withdrawal from the base, at Camp Bastion in Helmand

U.S. troops load gear on an airplane before their withdrawal from the base, at Camp Bastion in Helmand province

U.S. troops load gear on an airplane before their withdrawal from the base, at Camp Bastion in Helmand.

A U.S. military airplane carrying military gear waits to take off at Camp Bastion in Helmand province

A U.S. military airplane carrying military gear waits to take off at Camp Bastion in Helmand province

A U.S. military airplane carrying military gear waits to take off at Camp Bastion in Helmand province.

Chinook helicopters with U.S. Marines take off from Camp Bastion in Helmand province

CH-53E and Chinook helicopters with U.S. Marines take off from Camp Bastion in Helmand province

CH-53E and Chinook helicopters with U.S. Marines take off from Camp Bastion in Helmand province.

The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket

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The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, sits on launch Pad-0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Antares will launch Oct. 27 with the Cygnus spacecraft filled with over 5,000 pounds of supplies for the International Space Station, including science experiments, experiment hardware, spare parts, and crew provisions.

Google’s vice president Alan Eustace record-breaking skydive over New Mexico

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Google’s vice president Alan Eustace is lifted aloft by a balloon into the stratosphere prior to a record-breaking skydive over New Mexico. Eustace was lifted up 135,890 ft (41,420 metres) by an enormous balloon while wearing a specially designed pressurized space suit, the Paragon Space Development Corporation said. Eustace remained in a free fall for approximately 4.5 minutes before landing safely nearly 70 miles (43.4 kms) from his launch point, setting a world record for the highest skydive and breaking the sound barrier in the process. Eustace landed safely on the ground just 15 minutes after he was lifted into the air.

Rally for Michael Brown outside the police department in Ferguson, Missouri

Protesters participate in a sit-in during a rally for Michael Brown outside the police department in Ferguson Missouri

Protesters participate in a sit-in during a rally for Michael Brown outside the police department in Ferguson, Missouri . The mother of an unarmed black teenager shot dead by a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri, walked with hundreds of protesters on Saturday in the St. Louis suburb, part of a weekend of protests against police violence.

An American doctor exposed to Ebola virus

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An American doctor who was exposed to Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone disembarks from private jet at the Frederick, Md., Municipal Airport. The doctor, who is not showing signs of being infected, will be transported to the National Institutes of Health facility in Bethesda, Md.