A big one that got away, a meteorite of perhaps a thousand tons was deflected from its course on August 10, 1972, by earth’s atmosphere. Seen here in a fortuitous amateur photograph at Jackson Lake, Wyoming, leaving a trail over the Tetons a fireball was visible from Utah to Alberta, Canada, National Geographic, September 1986

A big one that got away, a meteorite of perhaps a thousand tons was deflected from its course on August 10, 1972, by earth’s atmosphere. Seen here in a fortuitous amateur photograph at Jackson Lake, Wyoming, leaving a trail over the Tetons a fireball was visible from Utah to Alberta, Canada, National Geographic, September 1986

Battleship fortress of Christendom, the Peñafiel castle was launched in the tenth century when Christians challenged Moorish power along the Duero, National Geographic, October 1984

Battleship fortress of Christendom, the Peñafiel castle was launched in the tenth century when Christians challenged Moorish power along the Duero, National Geographic, October 1984

Children of sacrifice, the remains of youths near the great temple of Colula recall the countless victims who perished on Aztec altars, National Geographic, October 1984

Children of sacrifice, the remains of youths near the great temple of Colula recall the countless victims who perished on Aztec altars, National Geographic, October 1984

"Nature … . is a friend you will never lose until death—and even when you die, you disappear into nature." The outdoors was a church to Tolstoy, and he often meditated while strolling down a cathedral walk of linden trees at Yasnaya Polyana, National Geographic, June 1986

"Nature … . is a friend you will never lose until death—and even when you die, you disappear into nature." The outdoors was a church to Tolstoy, and he often meditated while strolling down a cathedral walk of linden trees at Yasnaya Polyana, National Geographic, June 1986

On the prowl through the Himalayan night, a snow leopard steps on a hidden pressure pad and activates a concealed camera, creating one of the first three self-portraits ever made of this magnificent, endangered animal, National Geographic, June 1986

On the prowl through the Himalayan night, a snow leopard steps on a hidden pressure pad and activates a concealed camera, creating one of the first three self-portraits ever made of this magnificent, endangered animal, National Geographic, June 1986

In their heyday as seagoing traders and architects of a worldwide empire, the Dutch came home to a land where books were balanced, the streets scrubbed, the dikes quickly repaired…Even a no-nonsense city like Rotterdam, leveled by German bombs during World War II and now the world’s busiest port, finds an avant-grande solution to the housing shortage with a a street-spanning apartment complex, National Geographic, October 1986

In their heyday as seagoing traders and architects of a worldwide empire, the Dutch came home to a land where books were balanced, the streets scrubbed, the dikes quickly repaired…Even a no-nonsense city like Rotterdam, leveled by German bombs during World War II and now the world’s busiest port, finds an avant-grande solution to the housing shortage with a a street-spanning apartment complex, National Geographic, October 1986

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Bidding to better their stock, deer-farm owners last year paid around N.Z. $4,000 apiece for breeding hinds at an auction in Christchurch, New Zealand, National Geographic, October 1986

Bidding to better their stock, deer-farm owners last year paid around N.Z. $4,000 apiece for breeding hinds at an auction in Christchurch, New Zealand, National Geographic, October 1986

Weightless in water, cosmonauts rehearse extravehicular activity at Star City, their training center outside of Moscow, National Geographic, October 1986

Weightless in water, cosmonauts rehearse extravehicular activity at Star City, their training center outside of Moscow, National Geographic, October 1986

Across the state, at South Haven, a house teeters on a storm-eroded bluff over Lake Michigan. Property owners reject blame for building near the shore and lobby for projects to lower lake levels, National Geographic, July 1987

Across the state, at South Haven, a house teeters on a storm-eroded bluff over Lake Michigan. Property owners reject blame for building near the shore and lobby for projects to lower lake levels, National Geographic, July 1987

Glorious testament to Moorish Spain, the Great Mosque of Córdoba rose in A.D. 786. During the Reconquest of Spain a cathedral was erected within the mosque. These hooded penitentes pass soaring Moorish arches during Holy Week, National Geographic, July 1988

Glorious testament to Moorish Spain, the Great Mosque of Córdoba rose in A.D. 786. During the Reconquest of Spain a cathedral was erected within the mosque. These hooded penitentes pass soaring Moorish arches during Holy Week, National Geographic, July 1988