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MRAPs on Main Street

As a growing number of police and sheriff's departments across the country take delivery of surplus military equipment such as the MRAP, some wonder if domestic law enforcement is becoming too militarized. Here’s a look at some of the combat vehicles now seen on Main Street U.S.A.
Uploaded: Jun. 30, 2014


Ask Hillary
Jul. 22, 2014
Hillary Clinton stopped by Twitter headquarters in San Francisco on July 21 and took questions from the firm's online users. But she didn't seem to see the questions from the hashtag hijackers who descended on #AskHillary. Here’s a sampling.
Hillary Clinton with twitter CEO Dick Costolo. (via Twitter @Twisitor)
“What difference, at this point, do you make?” (Harriet Baldwin, @HarrietBaldwin)
“Why can't Hillary Clinton point to a single major accomplishment as Secretary of State?” (Reince Priebus, @Reince)
“Have you been involved in anything in the public/private sector that hasn't resulted in scandal in your adult life?” (Will Profit, @WillProfit1)
“Does the $10 million loss on #HardChoices include the $14 million advance from Simon & Schuster or is that in addition to it?” (Robert Warren, @DarbyTownPundit)
“When you were broke, why didn't you turn to your millionaire NBC commentator daughter?” (Mad Mac, @MadMacMFC)
“Is your daughter carrying a baby or just a cluster of cells?” (Erin Infidel, @ErinFromMaine)
“If elected, will you have the hashtag #ThePantSuitIsLoose?” (Harriet Baldwin, @HarrietBaldwin)
“Worst nightmare: Cherokee Imposter or Hairplugged Buffoon?” (Cuffe, @CuffyMeh)
“Do you agree with Bill that you have no clear idea what you would do as President?” (America Rising PAC, @AmericaRising)
“Which mistake worse - hitching your wagon to bill or barack?" (Barbara McMahon, @southsalem)
“How awkward is eating dinner with Bill?” (Prez Stompy Foot, @kpiper1980)
“How have you managed to keep your divorce secret for so long?” (Mad Mac, @MadMacMFC)
“Who is a better protege to Saul Alinsky and his radical-leftist ideals? You or Obama?” (Spike Politics, @spikedpolitics)
“Who is truer to Marxist principles, you or Obama?” (Spiked Politics, @spikedpolitics)
“What's your recommendation for implementing full Marxism?” (problematic tweets, @trill_pikachu)
“Would you say you're still dead broke after $6 billion went missing at State during your term?” (Razor, @hale_razor)
“What is your secret for turning a $1,000 cattle futures investment into a very quick $100,000?” (Ken Gardner, @kesgardner)
“Do you still do shady real estate deals? #AskHillary #whitewater” (Prez Stompy Foot, @kpiper1980)
“If you are elected president, will you return the White House furniture, china and silverware you stole?” (American Elephant, @AmericnElephant)
“Did they ever find all the White House flatware and W typewriter keys that went missing after you moved out?” (Razor, @hale_razor)
“Do you still look down on mothers who choose to stay at home to raise their children and bake cookies?” (American Elephant, @AmericnElephant)
“Can we see your birth certificate?” (El Hunger Lorde, @hungerlordjr)
“Why do you have trouble with recall? Do you have a mental disorder we should know about? #AskHillary #whitewater” (Mr Popular, @Real_Mr_Popular)
“How do you reconcile the cognitive dissonance that a boss must stay out of a woman’s business, yet pay for it?” (B.M. Smith, @bmcsmith92)
“Did you vote for yourself in the last election? If so, does that mean you're racist?” (Dr. Whom, @chapel3929)
“I have a hard time synching up my morals and ideological beliefs to daily polls. What's your secret?” (Mohammad R*ghead Esq, @RobotCommission)
“How can a video lead to Benghazi but Transformers didn't cause a world war?” (Mad Mac, @MadMacMFC)
“I wish I’d gotten a chance to #AskHillary exactly when she decided to start dressing like she’s on Star Trek.” (Jim Treacher, @jtLOL)
Cartoon of the Day
Jul. 22, 2014
Transparent, by Michael Ramirez (July 22, 2014)
Out, by Henry Payne (July 21, 2014)
Why? by Michael Ramirez (July 18, 2014)
LeBron, by Henry Payne (July 17, 2014)
Ha-Mas, by Michael Ramirez (July 16, 2014)
The Pawn, by Michael Ramirez (July 15, 2014)
Tear Down This Wall, by Michael Ramirez (July 14, 2014)
Obama’s Katrina, by Michael Ramirez (July 11, 2014)
Before and After, by Michael Ramirez (July 9, 2014)
I Don’t Know Why They’re Flooding the Borders, by Michael Ramirez (July 8, 2014)
Equal Justice, by Henry Payne (July 7, 2014)
The Times, July 4, 1776, by Henry Payne (July 4, 2014)
Happy Birthday, America, by Michael Ramirez (July 3, 2014)
Help Center, by Michael Ramirez (July 2, 2014)
5-4, by Henry Payne (July 1, 2014)
Rip Van Media, by Michael Ramirez (June 30, 2014)
The Piñata, by Michael Ramirez (June 27, 2014)
The Plan, by Michael Ramirez (June 26, 2014)
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Iran to the Rescue, by Michael Ramirez (June 23, 2014)
White House to the Rescue, by Michael Ramirez (June 20, 2014)
Gap, by Henry Payne (June 19, 2014)
Baghdad Bobama, by Michael Ramirez (June 18, 2014)
Missing, by Michael Ramirez (June 17, 2014)
Dead Broke, by Michael Ramirez (June 14, 2014)
Clinton Problems, by Michael Ramirez (June 13, 2014)
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Broke, by Michael Ramirez (June 11, 2014)
Talking Bergdahl, by Michael Ramirez (June 10, 2014)
Lemon, by Henry Payne (June 9, 2014)
The Imperial President, by Michael Ramirez (June 6, 2014)
Cutting Carbon, by Henry Payne (June 5, 2014)
The Obama Emporium, by Michael Ramirez (June 4, 2014)
After You, by Michael Ramirez (June 3, 2014)
It Was the Weather, by Michael Ramirez (June 2, 2014)
The West Point Address, by Michael Ramirez (May 30, 2014)
First Read About It in the Newspaper, by Michael Ramirez (May 29, 2014)
General Motors Theater, by Henry Payne (May 27, 2014)
Freedom, by Henry Payne (May 26, 2014)
Hope . . . by Henry Payne (May 24, 2014)
Fallen Soldiers, by Michael Ramirez (May 23, 2014)
Outraged? by Lisa Benson (May 22, 2014)
Obamacare, Brought to You by . . . by Henry Payne (May 21, 2014)
Now You Know How We Feel, by Michael Ramirez (May 20, 2014)
#You Think? by Michael Ramirez (May 18, 2014)
#BringBack . . . by Michael Ramirez (May 16, 2014)
Gospel Reading, by Michael Ramirez (May 15, 2014)
Today’s Lecture, by Henry Payne (May 14, 2014)
Truth, by Michael Ramirez (May 13, 2014)
Clinton Celebrity Gala, by Henry Payne (May 12, 2014)
Segregation, by Michael Ramirez (May 10, 2014)
Weather, by Michael Ramirez (May 9, 2014)
Under the Rug, by Henry Payne (May 7, 2014)
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Hard Reader Reviews
Jul. 21, 2014
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s book Hard Choices isn’t exactly burning up the bestseller list, but it is causing a literary flower to bloom on Amazon, where reviewers have uncapped their barbed pens and let loose with a torrent of snark. Here’s a sampling.
I don’t have to read this book since she didn’t write it : “Hillary was as much the Secretary of State as she was the author of this book. She didn't actually do the job she was appointed for nor did she write the book.” (Amazon Customer)
Was hoping to learn how to buy a mansion in New York State while being broke: “These trees, however, will reveal their importance to you, as they have been metamorphosed into Hard Choices, which makes an excellent coaster, doorstop, or object to throw at a husband that has revealed his fetish for young interns.” (Matt Hodge)
Dull, Plodding Campaign Material: “Ernest, dull and self-serving? Yep. Fortunately Barnes and Noble has a generous return policy.” (Al Hence)
Really?: “Youre not going to learn anything in this book that is believable. Wait for the movie, then don't watch it.” (Geary Carson)
Self aggrandizement and gratuitous pomposity: “The prospective reader is well advised to consider reading the Hong Kong phonebook instead.” (William B Chapman)
I will give her credit: “Let's spell it out: this book was ghostwritten. She has never made a hard decision in her life, secondly, unless it was between flats and pantsuits or sandals and pantsuits.” (Fumetti 666)
Boring narcissistic blather: “Somehow one comes away from this book feeling that like Marie Antoinette, the hardest choice Hillary ever had to face was what flavor of cake to eat.” (Bookworm Becca)
Don’t Bother: “I deserve 5 stars for getting through it but its quite disappointing.” (Thomas T)
Excruciatingly Boring, Overly Long, Insipid Pabulum: “If you still are interested in reading this, wait until you can borrow it from your local library. It's a real YAWNER. Here's a personal guarantee: If you have insomnia and want to experience Clinton fatigue, along with a nice NAP, this is the book for you!” (TellsTheTruth)
Really??: “I found a copy of this in the trash at a rest stop while on vacation. I really tried to be objective while reading but could not make it through the first chapter. On the way back home after the vacation I stopped again the rest stop and put the book back in the trash where I first found it originally. I felt this was the best place for this publication.” (Sam)
Non Review: “The only way I would read this book is if I was stranded on a desert island and it was the only book I had but then again it might be put to better use starting a fire.” (Dennis99)
Save your money and time: “If you really believe that she banged away and wrote this herself, there is a bridge in Brooklyn I would love to sell you.” (Richard Saul)
One Star: “BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But great fiction in you're into fantasy!” (P Rabbit)
No go for Hil-go...: “Hilary, dear you have enough money, give up writing books — move on, try bingo, or ceramics, better yet, mime...” (Greg)
Will they ever just go away?: “They say you should never judge a book by its cover, this is the exception. The facts are doctored about as much as the cover photo. I would never buy this book...I spent a little time thumbing through it reading random sections at the Walmart discount/clearance book counter.” (Lawn Jockey)
Can I just give it minus five stars?: “This should be subtitled, Hard Read. No wonder her book sales are abysmal.” (Sally Jones)
Fluffy Nonsense: “We're not buying this fluff Hillary. Literally and figuratively.” (Rick)
Can I Rate Zero Starts?: “The Democrats passed Obamacare without reading the law. So, I feel justified in rating this book without first reading it. Hey, Hillary fans, she laughs at just how gullible you are.” (CJ)
One Star: “656 pages of pretty good toilet paper” (TTALLY)
I’d rather read the ingredient list for organic peanut butter...: “I’d rather read the ingredient list for organic peanut butter for the rest of my life than read this book.” (Roberto)
One Star: “I thought that Monica had reserved that book title.” (CWS Fan)
A good doorstop, if Bill’s bio has worn out : “Don't bother. If people are so desperate to make her President, perhaps they should save the twenty bucks and send it directly to her.” (Ron)
As of this day, Hard Choices is ranked #39...: “As of this day, Hard Choices is ranked #39 among hardcover bestsellers and #356 in Kindle. Yet the NY Times has listed it at #1 for two weeks running. Never mind the book. What does this tell you about the New York Times bestseller lists?” (Amelia Earhart)
Meme Watch: Border Crisis
Jul. 21, 2014
JULY 21: As the long hot summer drags on, there seems no end to the human wave at the border, no end to President Obama’s prevarications, and no end to the mainstream media’s refusal to hold anyone accountable (other than Republicans). Here’s a look at some recent Photoshop missives from social media. (Image via Facebook/OccupyThis2012)
He's got a pen and a phone ... and a magic wand. (Image via Facebook/RightWingRantsRaves)
Remember the old saying about good fences making goodneighbors? (Image via Facebook/LiberalLunacy)
To be fair, he was referring to the border of the room-service breakfast menu at the Ritz-Carlton. (Image via Facebook/OneNationUnderGodUSofA)
Please direct any questions to Senator Reid's press secretary, Baghdad Bob. (Image via Facebook/OccupyThis2012)
Maybe he lost his medication when he switched to an Obamacare plan. (Image via Facebook/KRLA870am)
Ask Dirty Harry how many rooms are free at the Ritz-Carlton. (Image via Facebook/RightWingRantsRaves)
After all, the king gets to choose which laws to enforce, right? It's good to be the king. (Image via Facebook/OneNationUnderGodUSofA)
Sorry, someone has to pay for all those benefits. (Image via Facebook/NOLAPDOGMEDIA)
And a nation of laws, not men. (Image via Facebook/OccupyThis2012)
Again, a nation of laws, not men. (Image via Facebook/OccupyThis2012)
The only thing President Obama likes better than a photo opp is a fundraising opp. (Image via Facebook/KRLA870am)
Growing voter rolls the Chicago Way. (Image via Facebook/RightWingRantsRaves)
And 60,000 isn't enough to get the mainstream media interested. (Image via Facebook/LiberalLunacy)
The path to citizenship shouldn't be a tunnel. (Image via Facebook/NOLAPDOGMEDIA)
Didn't you hear? Borders are racist. (Image via Facebook/NOLAPDOGMEDIA)
He hopes to change our future. (Image via Facebook/NOLAPDOGMEDIA)
Embracing his real constituency. (Image via Facebook/OccupyThis2012)
A matter of priorities. (Image via Facebook/OneNationUnderGodUSofA)
There's a also a difference between democracy and despotism. (Image via Facebook/OneNationUnderGodUSofA)
Didn't you hear? Background checks are for gun-clingers. (Image via Facebook/RightWingRantsRaves)
The dictionary of Newspeak gets smaller every year. (Image via Facebook/RightWingRantsRaves)
Taxation without representation. That reminds me of something... (Image via Facebook/RightWingRantsRaves)
Farnborough Air Show
Jul. 21, 2014
The world aerospace industry gathered in Hampshire, England, over the past week for the annual Farnborough Air Show. The annual event is a major market for civilian and military aircraft. Here’s a look. Pictured, the Royal Air Force Red Arrows open this year’s show.
Farnborough draws thousands of buyers and sellers during the week to hammer out lucrative billion-dollar contracts for the latest aircraft, from palm-sized drones to mega-sized passenger airlines and everything in between.
In addition to hundreds of booths and chalets on the tarmac, attendees are treated to daily aerial demonstrations. Pictured, an Airbus A380-800 glides in for a landing.
Business at Fanbrough is brisk and very high stakes. The Wall Street Journal reports that Airbus logged deals for 496 jets valued at $75.3 billion, with Boeing signing contracts worth $40.2 billion for 201 aircraft. Pictured, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (left) and Airbus X380, two of the big stars at this year’s show.
Big business draws politicians from around the world. Pictured, British prime minister David Cameron takes a tour of the cockpit of an Airbus A350.
One aircraft made news by not making an appearance: The new F-35 Lightning II, grounded after an engine fire and only recently returned to flight status. Lockheed elected not to send the aircraft to Farnborough. Pictured, U.S. defense undersecretary Frank Kendall meets the world press.
The annual event is a big draw for world media as well as amateur enthusiasts. Pictured, photographers snap pictures of an Airbus A380 during an aerial demonstration.
UP IN THE AIR: Aircraft makers put their latest and greatest models in the skies at the show each year. Pictured, a Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet takes flight.
Another view of the F/A-18 Super Hornet, currently flown by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps and a number of foreign nations.
Eurofighter's Typhoon FGR3
The Eurofighter Typhoon makes a tight turn during an aerial demonstration.
An Airbus A440M cargo aircraft comes in for a landing. The A440M is a competitor to the Boeing C-17 Globemaster flown by the U.S. Air Force.
The Boeing P-8 Poseidon is flown by the U.S. Navy.
The Alenia Aermacchi M-346 jet trainer, manufactured by Finnemeccanica.
Another view of teh M-346 during its demonstration.
The T129 ATAK combat helicopter from Turkish Aerospace Industries
Commercial aircraft get a chance to prove they’re no slouches when it comes to high-performance maneuvers, something they don’t ordinarily get to do with paying passengers onboard. Pictured, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner leaps into the air.
The Dreamliner on a low-altitude pass.
An Airbus A350 takes flight above a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
An Airbus A350-900 owned by Qatar Airways
The massive Airbus A380, a competitor to Boeing's venerable 747.
Attendees snap pictures of the A380.
FLOOR SHOW: The booths on the trade show floor at Farnborough feature a cornucopia of aerospace products and services. Pictured, a flock of models at the Bombadier booth.
Models of the C Series jet at Bombadier's booth.
A model Q400 at Bombadier
Su-35 fighters at the Sukhoi booth
A selection of helmets at the Transaero booth.
Another helmet at Transaero
A Safran Silverjet aircraft engine
An edible display at the Qatar Airways chalet.
UNMANNED INVENTORY: The growing role of drone and unmanned aerial vehicles is much in evidence at Farnborough. Pictured, attendees inspect a Falco UAV at the Selex ES chalet.
AeroVironment Shrike
Drako micro-UAV
Skycap Shadow Rotor
A BQM-167A subscale aerial target drone
A model of the experimental Blended Wing Body aircraft being developed at Southhampton University.
HANDS ON: The tarmac at Fanborough is crowded with corporate chalets and a wide range of civilian and military aircraft. Pictured, a young attendee sits in the cockpit of an F-35 Lightning II mock-up.
A visitor sits in the cockpit of a Eurofighter Typhoon.
Taking turns at the control of a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon.
A Eurofighter Typhoon at the BAE chalet.
A model of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter.
An F/A-18 Super Hornet amid other planes on the tarmac.
Military helicopters on display at the Finmeccannica area.
The Airbus A400M aircraft on the tarmac.
Past, Present, and Future (clockwise from top left): A BAE Systems’ Eurofighter Typhoon, the Taranis unmanned aircraft, and the WWII-era Supermarine Spitfire, the hero of the Battle of Britain.
Misc. military aircraft on the tarmac in front of several large commercial airliners.
Textron AirLand Scorpion jet
Bombadier CRJ900
A Sukhoi Superjet 100 owned by the Mexican airline Interjet.
THE BIG BIRDS: Attendees mingle in front of a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
Airbus A350 XWB
The wingtip of an Airbus A350 XWB stretches hear the nose of a Airbus A380.
The tail of an Airbus A380 towers over smaller commercial aircraft.
Tradeshow executives take a break on the lawn near a pair of Airbus A350 XWB aircraft owned by Qatar Airways.
On with the Show: Planespotters watch a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner taxiing out.
Apollo 11
Jul. 18, 2014
July 20 marks the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and the first steps of mankind on another world. Here’s a look back at images from the Apollo 11 mission, from the archives of NASA. Pictured, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin on the moon.
The crew that would make history (from left): Mission commander Neil A. Armstrong, command module pilot Michael Collins, and lunar module pilot Edwin Aldrin.
Neil Armstrong was part of the “New Nine,” the second set of astronauts recruited by NASA after those who flew on the Mercury missions. A test pilot and Naval aviator during the Korean War, Armstrong first flew in space on Gemini 8, where he completed the first docking of two manned spacecraft.
Michael Collins was a member of the third group of NASA astronauts. A former Air Force test pilot, Collins flew on Gemini 10, performing two spacecraft rendezvous and conducting two spacewalks.
Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin flew more than 60 combat missions with the Air Force during the Korean War, and was recruited in the third group of NASA astronauts. Aldrin flew on Gemini 12, where he conducted a spacewalk and may have taken the first-ever space “selfie.”
DAY OF FLIGHT: The Apollo 11 rocket assembly is wheeled away from NASA’s massive Vehicle Assembly Building at Cape Canaveral.
The Apollo 11 crew enjoys the traditional steak and eggs breakfast with Donald “Deke” Slayton (in orange shirt), NASA’s director of flight operations. Sidelined from flight earlier in the program, Slayton later flew on the Apollo-Soyuz mission.
The crew waves to the media after suiting up and headed towards launchpad 39A. The silver boxes they carry help keep them cool under layers of flight suits and their outer spacesuit.
July 16: Apollo 11 streaks into the sky, with a condensation layer mid-way down the rocket assembly, a result of its extreme speed.
Among the crowd at Kennedy Space Center was former President Lyndon Johnson, an early advocate of the space program who helped secure NASA facilities in his home state of Texas, and Vice President Spiro Agnew.
Flames from the giant Saturn V booster spread out as Apollo 11 flies through thinner air at higher altitude. This image was taken from an Air Force EC-135 aircraft.
From left: Astronauts Charles Duke, James Lovell, and Fred Haise at Mission Control. Duke would fly as lunar module pilot on Apollo 16. Lovell flew on Apollo 8, the first manned mission into lunar orbit, and was commander of the ill-fated Apollo 13. Combined with his two flights during the Gemini program, he is by some measures history’s most-travelled man. Haise also flew on Apollo 13.
FLY ME TO THE MOON: The Big Blue Marble as seen from Apollo 11 shortly after performing the Trans-Lunar Injection burn that would take them out of Earth orbit and towards the moon. It marked only the third time, after missions Apollo 8 and Apollo 10, that a manned spacecraft left Earth orbit.
The lunar module Eagle sits inside the S-IVB stage after separation of the command module Columbia. Pilot Michael Collins has turned Columbia around and is preparing to dock with Eagle and extricate it from the booster.
July 18: Aldrin out of his spacesuit performing systems check in the lunar module.
Command module pilot Michael Collins in Columbia.
The view back towards Earth past the lunar module Eagle during the flight to the moon.
Earth rises over the lunar horizon.
The rocky surface of the far side of the moon in the area west of Daedalus Crater. To keep communications links back to Earth, all of the Apollo landings occurred on the “light” side facing Earth.
July 20: The spider-like lunar module Eagle and descent stage, with Armstrong and Aldrin inside, photographed by Collins during a visual inspection prior to descent. The rods projecting beneath the landing pads are surface-contact probes that alerted Aldrin to shut off the descent engine just feet from the surface.
The reflective silver visage of Columbia, with command module pilot Michael Collins inside, is seen from the lunar module after separation prior to landing.
The view from the lunar module outside Armstrong’s window, with craters Messier and Messier A visible, as Eagle descends toward the landing site in the Sea of Tranquility.
ON THE SURFACE: A frame of video from the live broadcast of Armstrong’s descent to the lunar surface on July 20, 1969, the first man on walk on the surface of another world. His epochal words: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
A detail of the first photo taken by Armstrong on the surface, past one of the landing legs to the lunar horizon.
Aldrin descends the ladder from Eagle to the lunar surface — the last step was a long hop to the landing pad.
The surface of another world. Upon seeing the Moon’s stark surface up close, Aldrin observed: “Beautiful view. Magnificent desolation.”
Aldrin’s shadow is seen in this image of the vista at the Sea of Tranquility. (The crosshairs are etched onto a pane of glass between the lens and the film of the Hasselblad camera, and are used to help measure distance.)
Close-up of a bootprint made by Aldrin.
Armstrong’s famous photo of Aldrin on the surface, one of the most reproduced images of the entire Apollo program.
A closer look at Aldrin’s helmet visor reveals a reflection of Armstrong as he takes the picture, the lunar lander, and the tiny blue speck of Earth just visible at the top.
A remote camera image of Armstrong and Aldrin setting up the American flag.
Aldrin salutes the American flag set up near the lunar lander.
A closer look at Aldrin in a frame of film taken close to the salute reveals he is leaning forward into his spacesuit helmet and turning to look at Armstrong. Movement in the suits was cumbersome and difficult.
Aldrin unpacks scientific equipment from the rear of the descent stage. Other scientific packages can be seen on the surface to the right of the lander.
Aldrin carries scientific packages to a site further away from the lander.
Aldrin assembles the Passive Seismic Experiment Package, which measures moonquakes.
Armstrong took this image of the lander, with flag visible just to the right. This image was taken later in the day, revealing a web of tracks left by Armstrong and Aldrin in the lunar dust.
The distant Earth seen beyond the lunar module Eagle.
Armstrong back in the lunar module after the historic moonwalk, which lasted two-and-a-half hours. Armstrong and Aldrin spent a total of 21 hours and 36 minutes on the lunar surface.
Aldrin inside Eagle after the moonwalk. The two rested for seven hours before firing up the ascent stage to return to orbit.
WATCHING HISTORY: The Apollo 11 mission was a worldwide media event, with the landing and first walk on the surface watched by an estimated 530 million viewers around the world.
Watching the Apollo 11 mission in Paris, France.
A family in Tokyo, Japan, watches as President Richard Nixon speaks with the Apollo astronauts.
COMING HOME: The Eagle lunar module — briefly “upside down” relative to Columbia as it approaches for a rendezvous — carries Armstrong and Aldrin back from the surface as the Earth rises in the distance. All of humanity save one soul, Michael Collins in the command module, is contained within this image.
The Moon looms large as Columbia returns home.
The blue skies of Earth beckon upon Columbia’s return.
A helicopter from USS Hornet brings Navy divers to Columbia after splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on July 24. After traveling over half a million miles to and from the Moon, the command module landed just a dozen miles from Hornet.
The crew at Mission Control celebrates the safe return of the Apollo 11 crew, fulfilling President John Kennedy’s challenge.
President Nixon chats with the Apollo 11 crew aboard Hornet. The three astronauts were still confined to the Mobile Quarantine Facility to guard against any pathogens they may have brought back from the moon.
New Yorkers line 42nd Street as the crew of Apollo 11 are treated to a ticker-tape parade on August 13, 1969.
A commemorative plaque on the ladder of the descent module, which still sits on the lunar surface. The inscription reads: “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon July 1969, A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.”
Raising Costa Concordia
Jul. 18, 2014
More than two years after it ran aground in a deadly accident in 2012, the ocean liner Costa Concordia is again afloat as salvage crews this week brought the wrecked vessel off temporary supports in preparation for its final voyage. Here’s a look.
More than 350 engineers and salvage experts have labored to raise Costa Concordia off the rocks and make structural repairs to ensure it can make the 200 nautical-mile journey to Genoa, where it will be broken down for scrap.
Concordia was partially raised last spring. Over the past week the salvage team lifted the ship further out of the water, one deck at a time to assess the hull’s structural integrityand taking care to avoid leakage of any leftover gasoline and other toxic substances that might still be aboard.
Bringing the remaining areas of the ship above the waterline has uncovered ghostly scenes of chaos and destruction inside.
TRAGEDY AT SEA: Costa Concordia — a massive, 13-deck luxury ocean liner carrying more than 4,000 passengers and crew — ran aground off the Tuscan island of Giglio on January 13, 2012, tipping into the water and flooding many staterooms and other areas.
Though most escaped, 32 people lost their lives; one body, that of Russel Rebello, a waiter on the boat, was never recovered.
A rescue worker is lowered onto the Concordia's listing deck.
A survivor of the shipwreck stands on a nearby rock on January 16, 2012.
Francesco Schettino, the captain of Costa Concordia on the night it ran aground, is on trial for manslaughter and abandoning the ship, and faces up to 20 years in prison.
Divers entered the ship soon after it ran aground to search for tapped passengers and recover bodies.
A diver near the Costa Concordia looks for trapped bodies inside the ship.
Firefighters observe a rock that tore into Costa Concordia’s hull.
Divers discover the ship’s bell.
The recover of Costa Concordia began in April 2013, when engineers attached sponsons, large steel boxes filled with compressed air, to the sides of the ship.  
The cables from an underwater platform then pulled the Concordia upright as the air from the sponsons forced water out, righting the ship. All during the operation, engineers effected repairs to the portions of the ship that had rested on the rock.
Another view on Concordia’s hull as it was slowly tipped out of the water and off the reef. The brown areas near the waterline were previously submerged.
By September 2013 the ship was fully upright, but still partially submerged and unable to be moved due to volatile weather in the Mediterranean and concerns over the hull's integrity.
Deemed by some the most complex maritime salvage operation in history, the recover of Concordia will likely cost upwards of $2 billion for the refloating, towing, and dismantling.
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