Twenty years ago this week, Microsoft launched its Windows 95 operating system, which would go on to sell tens of millions of copies in its first year alone. At that same time, the 1995 World Aerobic Championships were taking place in San Diego, Michael Jackson participated in his first “online chat”, TV News was covering the O.J. Simpson trial, a 19-year-old Tiger Woods won the U.S. Amateur Championship, Moscow opened its fifth McDonald’s restaurant, and a lot of other events were taking place. Collected here are news images from the last week in August, 1995, twenty years ago this week. [ 35 photos total ]

An embrace in a Kenyan village, a purification rite on a Japanese shore, Swan Upping in England, tragedy in southern Turkey, a kangaroo hops through a frosty field in Australia, South Korea’s longest water slide ever, Hellsing cosplay in Brazil, naked tree hugging in Berkeley, California, a rocket launch in Kazakhstan, and much more. [ 35 photos total ]

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is an American scientific agency with roots that reach back to 1807, with a mission to "understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts, to share that knowledge and information with others, and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources." Over the years, NOAA has amassed a sizable library of photographs of our natural world, some of which I've selected here. To explore more NOAA photos, be sure to browse their albums on Flickr. [ 38 photos total ]

The massive ice mountains of Pluto, Bastille Day in Paris, the Pan Am Games in Toronto, brush fires above Athens, Grand Prix MotoGP in Germany, celebrating a nuclear deal in Tehran, a Jaffa candy race in New Zealand, a victorious Serena Williams at Wimbledon, and much more. [ 35 photos total ]

Rehabilitation for an orangutan in Indonesia, colorful landscapes of China’s Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park, early stages of the Tour de France, a ticker-tape parade for the World-Cup-winning U.S. women’s soccer team in New York City, Dave Grohl rocks out on a throne of guitars, winter in Australia, wildfires in Saskatchewan, the Confederate battle flag comes down in South Carolina, and much more. [ 35 photos total ]

A European heat wave, lightning over California, a building made of 8,500 beer bottles, cosplay in Paris, shrimp fishing on horseback in Belgium, the first-ever White House Campout, mine detection rats in Cambodia, a train wreck in Pakistan, an airshow over St. Petersburg, Russia, and much more. [ 35 photos total ]

Photographers often look up to capture an amazing aspect of our world. The sky can be a compelling subject or backdrop in a photograph, emanating many sources of light. Here is a collection of images depicting upward phenomena around the globe. [ 44 photos total ]

The United States and Cuba restored diplomatic relations today, beginning a new post-Cold War era. Earlier this summer, photographer Suzanne Kreiter traveled back to Cuba, 21 years after her first visit there for The Boston Globe. This rare moment of transition, as diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States resume, provides an opportunity to see old and new Cuba, past and future, through the same lens. Get the full multimedia experience and see what Cuba was like 21 years ago . [ 33 photos total ]

Today, simply, I present recent images of the Earth, as seen from above. Shot from as close as a few hundred feet away, or as far as a million miles, the variety and beauty of our home planet depicted in these photos continues to amaze. [ 33 photos total ]

Australia is the flattest continent on Earth. So pretty dull right? [ 18 photos total ]

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