NEW FRONTIERS: Pluto was photographed by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on July 14, 2015. The images were taken from a distance of 11,000 miles (18,000 kilometers) to the planet.
NO PROBLEM, HOUSTON: A Russian Soyuz TMA-19M rocket launched three crew members on an express trip to the International Space Station May 28, kicking off a months long voyage in orbit. The crew of Timothy Peake of Britain (opposite page, bottom), Timothy Kopra of the U.S. (C) and Yuri Malenchenko of Russia board the spacecraft shortly before the launch to the International Space Station at the Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.
DEM BONES: Humanity’s claim to uniqueness suffered a setback when fossils of a newly discovered ancient species, named “Homo naledi” were unveiled outside Johannesburg September 10, 2015.
HOPE IS BORN A newborn baby rests beside his mother Dailyn Fleite in Cuba. The World Health Organization declared Cuba the first country in the world to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child, a groundbreaking achievement.