NEWQUAY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10: The Virgin Orbit Launcher One rocket in its hanger at Newquay Airport on August 10, 2021 in Newquay, England. Spaceport Cornwall is aiming to launch its first satellites in spring of 2022. (Photo by Hugh R Hastings/Getty Images)

DIY on Mars and amazing ice caves: 24 fantastic Images of the Month August 2021

The greatest science images from around the world for August.

While a lot of the world still struggles to cope with the continued effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries have also been devastated by wildfires, floods and volcanoes, just as the IPCC released its latest report into the global impact of climate change.

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However, it’s not all bad news. There is still plenty or innovation going on around the world, with rubbish being used to make public benches, further scientific discoveries on Mars, and many efforts being made to combat climate change.

So take a look through the good, the bad, and the ugly in our round-up of science images for August 2021.

Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft aboard is seen as it is rolled out of the Vertical Integration Facility to the launch pad at Space Launch Complex 41 ahead of the Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) mission, Monday, Aug. 2, 2021 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Boeing’s Orbital Flight Test-2 will be Starliner’s second uncrewed flight test and will dock to the International Space Station as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program. The mission, currently targeted for launch at 1:20 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Aug. 3, will serve as an end-to-end test of the system's capabilities. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft aboard is seen as it is rolled out of the Vertical Integration Facility to the launch pad at Space Launch Complex 41 ahead of the Orbital Flight Test-2 mission, 2 August 2021 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, USA. Boeing’s Orbital Flight Test-2 will be Starliner’s second uncrewed flight test and will dock to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Photo by NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

Aurora down under

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This image, taken from aboard the International Space Station on the 2 August 2021, shows the aurora australis as it streams across the Earth’s atmosphere as the station orbited 271 miles above the southern Indian Ocean in between Asia and Antarctica. Photo by NASA

Just a drill

Rescue personnel evacuate
Rescue personnel evacuate “victims” from a subway train and tunnel during a homeland defence emergency drill involving a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear attack in an urban environment. The drill took place at the New York Fire Department Training Academy on Randall’s Island in New York City, USA, on 4 August 2021. Photo by Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images

A small sample

This image taken by NASA's Perseverance rover on Aug. 6, 2021, shows the hole drilled in a Martian rock in preparation for the rover's first attempt to collect a sample. It was taken by one of the rover’s hazard cameras in what the rover's science team has nicknamed a
This image taken by NASA’s Perseverance rover on 6 August 2021, shows the hole drilled in a Martian rock in preparation for the rover’s first attempt to collect a sample. It was taken by one of the rover’s hazard cameras in what the rover’s science team has nicknamed a “paver rock” in the “Crater Floor Fractured Rough” area of Jezero Crater. Photo by NASA

Dude, where’s my car?

SHIJIAZHUANG, CHINA - AUGUST 06: An interior view of an automated underground parking lot on August 6, 2021 in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province of China. (Photo by Zhai Yujia/China News Service via Getty Images)
An interior view of an automated underground parking lot on 6 August 2021 in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province of China. Photo by Zhai Yujia/China News Service/Getty Images

Approaching wildfire

Photo by Thodoris Nikolaou/AP/Shutterstock (12253990a) Dated, a man watches as wildfires approach Kochyli beach near Limni village on the island of Evia, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) north of Athens, Greece. A new massive United Nations science report is scheduled for release Monday Aug. 9, 2021, reporting on the impact of global warming due to humans UN Climate Report, Limni, Greece - 06 Aug 2021
A man watches as wildfires approach Kochyli beach near Limni village on the island of Evia, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) north of Athens, Greece. A new massive United Nations science report was released on the 9 August 2021, reporting on the impact of global warming due to human activity. Photo by Thodoris Nikolaou/AP/Shutterstock

For those about to rock…

BITLIS, TURKEY - AUGUST 08: An underwater photo shows the new microbialites discovered at Lake Van in Adilcevaz district of Turkey's Bitlis province on August 08, 2021. (Photo by Ali Ethem Keskin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
An underwater photo shows the new microbialites discovered at Lake Van in Adilcevaz district of Turkey’s Bitlis province on 8 August 2021. Microbialites look like reefs, but are in fact rock-like structures that are made entirely of millions of microbes. Photo by Ali Ethem Keskin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Melted metal

GREENVILLE, CA - AUGUST 08: A tire and wheel melted from the Dixie Fire on August 8, 2021 in Greenville, California. The Dixie Fire, which has incinerated more than 463,000 acres, is the second largest recorded wildfire in state history and remains only 21 percent contained. (Photo by Maranie R. Staab/Getty Images)
A tyre and wheel melted from the heat of the Dixie Fire on 8 August 2021 in Greenville, California, USA. The Dixie Fire, which has incinerated more than 463,000 acres, is the second largest recorded wildfire in state history. Photo by Maranie R. Staab/Getty Images

The hills are alive with the sound of solar

ZHANGJIKOU, CHINA - AUGUST 10, 2021 - Photo taken on Aug. 10, 2021 shows a photovoltaic power station on a deserted hill near Zhangjiazhuang village, Xinzhuangzi Township, Xiahuayuan District, Zhangjiakou City, North China's Hebei Province. (Photo credit should read Costfoto/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
A photo taken on 10 August 2021 shows a photovoltaic power station on a deserted hill near Zhangjiazhuang village, Xinzhuangzi Township, Xiahuayuan District, Zhangjiakou City, North China’s Hebei Province. Photo credit should read Costfoto/Barcroft Media/Getty Images

Ready for launch

NEWQUAY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10: The Virgin Orbit Launcher One rocket in its hanger at Newquay Airport on August 10, 2021 in Newquay, England. Spaceport Cornwall is aiming to launch its first satellites in spring of 2022. (Photo by Hugh R Hastings/Getty Images)
The Virgin Orbit Launcher One rocket in its hanger at Newquay Airport on 10 August 2021 in Newquay, United Kingdom. Spaceport Cornwall is aiming to launch its first satellites in spring of 2022. Photo by Hugh R Hastings/Getty Images

Little urchin

A freediver prepares to collect a specimen of Diadema setosum long-spined sea urchin, typically native to Indo-Pacific waters and currently invading the eastern Mediteranean sea, some 17 meters underwater off the shore of Lebanon's northern coastal city of Qalamun on August 11, 2021. (Photo by Ibrahim CHALHOUB / AFP) (Photo by IBRAHIM CHALHOUB/AFP via Getty Images)
A freediver prepares to collect a specimen of a long-spined sea urchin (Diadema setosum), typically native to Indo-Pacific waters and currently invading the eastern Mediteranean sea, some 17 metres underwater off the shore of Lebanon’s northern coastal city of Qalamun on 11 August 2021. Photo by Ibrahim Chaloub/AFP/Getty Images

Remote care robot

Mandatory Credit: Photo by KHALED ELFIQI/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (12257307b) Egyptian engineer Hager gives an order to a robot nurse invented by the faculity of computer and information science at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, 11 August 2021. The nurse robot helps in reducing direct contact between the medical staff and patients at time of the coronavirus pandemic in order to reduce the infection risk for the medical staff. It can also conduct video calls between patients and doctors, deliver medications, and sterilize the rooms. Robot Nurse for Covid-19 in Egypt, Cairo - 11 Aug 2021
Egyptian engineer Hager gives an order to a robot nurse invented by the faculity of computer and information science at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, 11 August 2021. The nurse robot helps in reducing direct contact between the medical staff and patients at time of the coronavirus pandemic in order to reduce the infection risk for the medical staff. It can also conduct video calls between patients and doctors, deliver medications, and sterilise the rooms. Photo by Khaled Elfiqi/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Testing testing 1, 2, 3

WUHAN, CHINA - AUGUST 13 2021: An engineer tests Motorola smartphones in a lab at a Lenovo production base in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. (Photo credit should read Feature China/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
An engineer tests Motorola smartphones in a lab at a Lenovo production base in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province 13 August 2021. Photo by Feature China/Barcroft Media/Getty Images

On the rocks with no ice

In this aerial view, meltwater descends in shifting rivulets from Vatnajokull ice cap on August 14, 2021 near Hof, Iceland. Iceland is undergoing a strong impact from global warming. Since the 1990s 90% of Iceland's glaciers have been retreating and projections for the future show a continued and strong reduction in size of its three ice caps. Fjallsjokull is one of dozens of glacier tongues that descend from Vatnajokull, Iceland's biggest ice cap, along Iceland's southeastern coast. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
In this aerial view, meltwater descends in shifting rivulets from Vatnajokull ice cap on 14 August 2021 near Hof, Iceland. The country is undergoing a strong impact from global warming, and since the 1990s, 90 per cent of the country’s glaciers have been retreating. Projections for the future show a continued and strong reduction in size of its three ice caps. Fjallsjokull is one of dozens of glacier tongues that descend from Vatnajokull, Iceland’s biggest ice cap, along the southeastern coast. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Stick in the mud

TOPSHOT - A stucked train after flooding is pictured in Wald im Pinzgau near Salzburg, Austria, on August 17, 2021. - Storms have battered large parts of Austria since late August 16 with landslides and flooding hitting especially Austrias western regions of Pinzgau and Pongau in the state of Salzburg, bordering Germany. Some 100 people stuck in cars as landslides hit roads had to be rescued, while three people have been injured. - Austria OUT (Photo by JFK / various sources / AFP) / Austria OUT (Photo by JFK/EXPA/AFP via Getty Images)
A stuck train after flooding is pictured in Wald im Pinzgau near Salzburg, Austria, on 17 August 2021. Storms had battered large parts of Austria since late August with landslides and flooding hitting especially Austria’s western regions of Pinzgau and Pongau in the state of Salzburg, bordering Germany. Some one hundred people stuck in cars as landslides hit roads had to be rescued, while three people were reported injured. Photo by JFK/EXPA/AFP/Getty Images

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Cool water

A Royal Moroccan Air Force Canadair plane douses a wildfire in the region of Chefchaouen of northern Morocco on August 17, 2021. - Firefighters in northern Morocco are battling to put out two forest blazes, a forestries official said as the North African kingdom swelters in a heatwave. Firefighting planes were being used to tackle the conflagrations which had already destroyed some 200 hectares (500 acres) of forest. (Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP) (Photo by FADEL SENNA/AFP via Getty Images)
A Royal Moroccan Air Force Canadair plane douses a wildfire in the region of Chefchaouen of northern Morocco on 17 August 2021. Firefighters in northern Morocco were battling to put out two forest blazes, as the North African kingdom swelters in a heatwave. Firefighting planes were being used to tackle the conflagrations which had already destroyed some 200 hectares (500 acres) of forest. Photo by Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images

Mint glacier

On 19 August 2021, ESA astronaut, Luca Parmitano, and the head of the ESA Climate Office, Susanne Mecklenburg, explored some ice caves at the Gorner Glacier in Switzerland. They are part of an ESA-led expedition to observe the retreat and status of the glacier. The Gorner Glacier is the second biggest ice mass in the Alps. Situated in Switzerland near the Monte Rosa massif close to Zermatt and its mythic Matterhorn, it is one of the most extensively studied glacier in the world. The “Inside the Glacier” project has been monitoring Gorner since 1999 with a specific focus on the study of underground drainage and the application of novel technologies for the estimation of mass loss.
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano (left), and the head of the ESA Climate Office Susanne Mecklenburg (right), explore some ice caves at the Gorner Glacier in Switzerland, on 19 August 2021. They are both part of an ESA-led expedition to observe the retreat and status of the glacier, which is the second biggest ice mass in the Alps, and is situated in Switzerland near the Monte Rosa massif close to Zermatt and the Matterhorn. Photo by ESA

Home alone

This photo taken and released on August 20, 2021 by China Manned Space Engineering Office via CNS shows Chinese astronaut Tang Hongbo coordinating inside the Tianhe core module as his colleague Nie Haisheng conducts a spacewalk. - China OUT (Photo by - / various sources / AFP) / China OUT (Photo by -/China Manned Space Engineering O/AFP via Getty Images)
This photo taken and released on 20 August 2021 by China Manned Space Engineering Office via CNS shows Chinese astronaut Tang Hongbo coordinating inside the Tianhe core module on the Tiangong space station as his colleague Nie Haisheng conducts a spacewalk. Photo by China Manned Space Engineering/AFP/Getty Images

Air freshener

Workers walk past the 25 metre (82 foot) high smog tower, built to purify the air during pollution season, in New Delhi, India, on 23 August 2021. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP/Getty Images
Workers examine the 25 metre (82 foot) high smog tower, built to purify the air during pollution season, in New Delhi, India, on 23 August 2021. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP/Getty Images

Keep on the grass

Staff members spray disinfectant at a school ahead of the new semester in Bozhou in China's eastern Anhui province on August 23, 2021. - China OUT (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)
Staff members spray disinfectant at a school ahead of the new semester in Bozhou in China’s eastern Anhui province on 23 August 2021. Photo by STR/AFP/Getty Images

Light Show

The interior of Lichfield Cathedral is bathed in colourful patterns of light during The Great Exhibition : Science light and sound projection show in Lichfield, central England, on August 24, 2021. - 'The Great Exhibition : Science light and sound show which opening at Lichfield Cathedral sees the inside of the 900 year old Cathedral bathed in moving light and sound projections that explore the world of science, and the ways in which it has shaped our past as well as considering how it will influence our future. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
The interior of Lichfield Cathedral is bathed in colourful patterns of light during The Great Exhibition: Science light and sound projection show in Lichfield, United Kingdom, on 24 August 2021. The exhibition sees the inside of the 900-year-old Cathedral bathed in moving light and sound projections that explore the world of science, and the ways in which it has shaped our past as well as considering how it will influence our future. Photo by Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

Straight to your yacht

A drone pilot ties up a bag of food to a drone at Cala Tadira near Sant Josep de Sa Talaia in Ibiza Island on August 24, 2021. Drone to Yacht is an exclusive delivery service for yachts launched in Ibiza by the restaurant Can Yucas and the Galician company Aerocamaras to deliver food and drinks to yachts. (Photo by JAIME REINA / AFP) (Photo by JAIME REINA/AFP via Getty Images)
A drone pilot ties up a bag of food to a drone at Cala Tadira near Sant Josep de Sa Talaia in Ibiza Island on 24 August 2021. Drone to Yacht is an exclusive delivery service for yachts launched in Ibiza by the restaurant Can Yucas and the Galician company Aerocamaras to deliver food and drinks to yachts. Photo by Jaime Reina/ AFP/Getty Images

Astronaut display

CHONGQING, CHINA - AUGUST 25: Visitors watch a 3D Micro LED screen displaying an astronaut figure during the Smart China Expo 2021 at Chongqing International Expo Center on August 25, 2021 in Chongqing, China. (Photo by Chen Chao/China News Service via Getty Images)
Visitors watch a 3D Micro LED screen displaying an astronaut figure during the Smart China Expo 2021 at Chongqing International Expo Center on 25 August 2021 in Chongqing, China. Photo by Chen Chao/China News Service/Getty Images

A rubbish bench

An eco-friendly bench made from 160,000 recycled milk cartons is seen in Shanghai, China, On August 25, 2021. It is reported that the environmental protection seat through special process and trial and error, has a high strength, as well as the resistance to bad weather and other factors. (Photo credit should read Wang Gang / Costfoto/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
An eco-friendly bench made from 160,000 recycled milk cartons is seen in Shanghai, China, on 25 August 2021. It is reported that the environmental protection seat through special process and trial and error, has a high strength, as well as the resistance to bad weather and other factors. Photo by Wang Gang/Costfoto/Barcroft Media/Getty Images