Dolomites, Italy: A golden eagle. For golden eagles in the higher latitudes of the planet, winter is often the hardest time of year. For some scavenging from carcasses is the only way to survive the harsh conditions. In some populations less than 50% of golden eagles will make it through their first winter. Golden eagles are one of the fastest animals on the planet and a supreme mountain hunter. There are populations across all Northern Hemisphere mountains ranges. They are well-adapted to hunting in such terrain; telescopic eyesight means they can spot prey from two miles away and a seven-foot wingspan allows them to soar up to 100 miles in a day in the hunt for food. This image is from Hostile Planet.
The rising Earth is about five degrees above the lunar horizon in this telephoto view taken from the Apollo 8 spacecraft near 110 degrees east longitude on December 24, 1968. This image is from Apollo 8: The Mission that Changed the World.
Ethiopia: A male gelada, Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. Despite their large canines and powerful bodies geladas pose no threat to humans. Over many years they have been studied by scientists so this population are well-habituated to humans. They are a unique mountain monkey, spending their entire lives on the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia. For protection they will spend the night on cliff ledges, venturing up into the dawn sunlight to warm up before they begin feeding. This image is from Hostile Planet.
The recently re-erected Colossi of Amenhotep III at the North Gate of his mortuary temple at Kom el Hetan. In a newly excavated tomb, archaeologists discover at least thirty mummies. This image is from Egypt's Sun King Secrets & Treasures.
Garamba National Park is one of Africa's oldest national parks and one of the deadliest for both elephants and rangers due to the number of militia and poaching groups operating in the park. This image is from The Last Animals.
Dec. 21, 1968, Apollo 8 launched from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center at 7:51 a.m. EST. Frank Borman commanded the crew of the Apollo 8 lunar orbit mission. James Lovell served as command module pilot and William Anders was the lunar module pilot. Apollo 8 was the first crewed Saturn V launch. This image is from Apollo 8: The Mission that Changed the World.
A mamba strike is known as the 'Kiss of Death'. The strike from a mamba is so fast and its fangs so short and fine, a bite is almost imperceptible. In Africa it's believed that up to 20,000 people die from snakebites each year and the most feared serpent of all is the Black Mamba. This image is from Predator in Paradise.