An awesome cosplayer, whale pods and a spacewalk debut | The best images in science this week
The most eye-catching images in science from around the world.
The hot temperatures are still causing problems across Europe, with damaging wildfires in Germany, the Czech Republic, Spain and France. Meanwhile, California in the USA has also been hit with its biggest wildfire of the year so far, causing huge amounts of damage to land and wildlife.
Meanwhile, high above the Earth, Samantha Cristoforetti became the first European woman to conduct a spacewalk. Over the course of seven hours spent outside the International Space Station, Samantha helped to prepare the European Robotic Arm for its first operations.
In sad news, visionary scientist James Lovelock passed away at the age of 103 this week. Lovelock is best known as the creator of the Gaia hypothesis, which proposes that life on Earth functions as a single self-regulating organism.
Everything about this outfit is awesome
Having a whale of a time
Forest fires rage
A grand day out
Cheers drive! Driver?
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James Cutmore is the picture editor of BBC Science Focus Magazine, researching striking images for the magazine and on the website. He is also has a passion for taking his own photographs