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These featured pictures have previously appeared (or will appear) as picture of the day (POTD) on the Main Page, as scheduled below. You can add the automatically updating picture of the day to your userpage or talk page using {{Pic of the day}} (version with blurb) or {{POTD}} (version without blurb). For instructions on how to make custom POTD layouts, see Wikipedia:Picture of the day.



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Frida Kahlo (6 July 1907 – 13 July 1954)

This picture of Kahlo was taken by American photographer Toni Frissell, as part of a 1937 photo shoot for Vogue entitled "Señoras of Mexico". She is depicted outdoors, seated next to an agave plant.Photograph credit: Toni Frissell; restored by Adam Cuerden

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Kombat (Russian for 'battalion commander') is a black-and-white photograph by Soviet photographer Max Alpert. It depicts a Soviet military officer, armed with a TT pistol, raising his unit for an attack during World War II. This work is regarded as one of the most iconic Soviet World War II photographs, yet neither the date nor the subject is known with certainty. According to the most widely accepted version, it depicts junior politruk Aleksei Gordeyevich Yeryomenko, minutes before his death on 12 July 1942. The photograph is in the archives of RIA Novosti, a Russian state-owned news agency.Photograph credit: Max Alpert

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Caroline Rémy de Guebhard (1855–1929)

This picture of Séverine was taken by French photographer Nadar between 1889 and 1899. The photograph is titled "Séverine, debout, un poing sur la hanche" ('Séverine, standing, a fist on her hip') and is in the collection of the Bibliothèque Marguerite Durand in Paris.Photograph credit: Nadar; restored by Adam Cuerden

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The Saturn V was an American human-rated expendable launch system used by NASA between 1967 and 1973. Developed to support the Apollo program's mission of human exploration of the Moon, the super heavy-lift launch vehicle consisted of liquid-propellant rockets in three stages: S-IC, S-II, and S-IVB. The Saturn V stood at 363 feet (111 m) tall when measured together with its Apollo spacecraft payload. The S-IC first stage, built by Boeing at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, alone measured 42 m (138 ft) tall and 10 m (33 ft) in diameter, with a total mass at launch of 5,100,000 lb (2,300,000 kg) consisting mostly of its kerosene-based RP-1 fuel and liquid oxygen used as an oxidizer.

This picture shows the Saturn V SA-506 carrying Apollo 11, the first crewed lunar landing mission, launching from the Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A on July 16, 1969, at 13:32 UTC. First stage ignition occurred a few seconds before liftoff and the S-IC engines continued to fire until 2 minutes and 42 seconds into the flight. The S-IC engines provided over 34,000 kN (7,600,000 lbf) of thrust generated by five Rocketdyne F-1 engines arrayed in a quincunx with a fixed center engine and four outer engines that gimballed for steering.Photograph credit: NASA; retouched by PawełMM

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Katherine Johnson (born 1918) is an African American mathematician whose calculations of orbital mechanics as a NASA employee were critical to the success of U.S. crewed spaceflights. During her 35-year career at NASA and its predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, she earned a reputation for mastering complex manual calculations and helped the space agency pioneer the use of computers to perform the tasks. Johnson's work included calculating trajectories, launch windows and emergency return paths for Project Mercury spaceflights, including those of astronauts Alan Shepard and John Glenn, the first Americans in space and in orbit, respectively, as well as rendezvous paths for the Apollo lunar lander and command module on flights to the Moon. Her calculations were essential to the beginning of the Space Shuttle program and she also worked on plans for a mission to Mars. In 2015, President Barack Obama awarded Johnson the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was portrayed by Taraji P. Henson as a lead character in the 2016 film Hidden Figures.

This picture, taken in 1966, shows Johnson at her desk at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.Photograph credit: NASA; restored by Adam Cuerden

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July 19 – Fri

Gonepteryx rhamni, also known as the common brimstone, is ...

This picture, taken in 2014, shows a male G. rhamni in Parsonage Moor, a nature reserve near Cothill, Oxfordshire, in the United Kingdom.Photograph credit: Charles J. Sharp

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July 20 – Sat

The Parkes Observatory is a radio telescope observatory in New South Wales, Australia, located 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of the town of Parkes. It was one of several radio antennae used to receive live, televised images of the Apollo 11 moon landing on 20–21 July 1969. Its scientific contributions over the decades has led the Australian Broadcasting Corporation to describe it as "the most successful scientific instrument ever built in Australia" after 50 years of operation. The observatory, which opened in 1961, is run by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), an independent Australian federal government agency, as part of the Australia Telescope National Facility network of radio telescopes. It is frequently operated together with other CSIRO radio telescopes to form a very-long-baseline interferometry array.

This picture, taken in 1969, shows the Parkes Observatory's main 64-metre (210 ft) diameter radio telescope dish, around the time that it received signals from Apollo 11, with a crescent moon visible in the background. The photograph is part of CSIRO's ScienceImage archive.Photograph credit: CSIRO

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July 21 – Sun

Apollo 11 was the fifth crewed mission of NASA's Apollo program. After launching from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 16, 1969, commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin landed Eagle on July 20, at 20:17:40 UTC, in Mare Tranquillitatis, while command module pilot Michael Collins remained on Columbia in lunar orbit. Armstrong was the first to exit the spacecraft, stepping onto the surface about six hours later, on July 21, at 02:56:15 UTC; 19 minutes later, Aldrin joined him on the extravehicular activity, lasting 2 hours, 31 minutes, 40 seconds. Armstrong and Aldrin lifted off from Tranquility Base after almost 22 hours on the lunar surface and rejoined Collins in the command module, before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean on July 24.

The mission was planned to the minute, with the majority of the photographic tasks performed by Armstrong with a single Hasselblad camera. Most of the photographs taken on the Moon that include an astronaut are of Aldrin; there are only five images of Armstrong partly shown or reflected, as in this iconic photograph, with Armstrong and the lunar module reflected in Aldrin's helmet visor. "As the sequence of lunar operations evolved," Aldrin explained, "Neil had the camera most of the time [...] It wasn't until we were back on Earth and in the Lunar Receiving Laboratory looking over the pictures that we realized there were few pictures of Neil."Photograph credit: Neil Armstrong

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The village weaver (Ploceus cucullatus) is ...

This picture, taken in 2016, shows a female P. c. cucullatus in The Gambia.Photograph credit: Charles J. Sharp

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Edward Montagu, 1st Earl of Sandwich (27 July 1625 – 28 May 1672)

This picture is an oil-on-canvas portrait of Montagu by Sir Peter Lely, an English painter of Dutch origin, dated around 1660 to 1665. He is depicted in the robes of the Order of the Garter, of which he was appointed a knight by Charles II. The painting is in the collection of the Yale Center for British Art at Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut.Painting credit: Peter Lely

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Vincent van Gogh is an oil-on-canvas portrait by Australian painter John Russell, dated 1886. It depicts Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh, who became lifelong friends with Russell after meeting him at Fernand Cormon's atelier in Paris, which they both attended. Painted in a realist and academic manner, the portrait shows hints of the impressionist techniques with which they began experimenting in the latter half of the 1880s. It is the earliest of three portraits painted of Van Gogh by his contemporaries, the other two being Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's Portrait of Vincent van Gogh (1887) and Paul Gauguin's The Painter of Sunflowers (1888). Van Gogh seems to have been particularly attached to Russell's portrait, which Russell gifted to him as a mark of their friendship. The painting passed from Van Gogh to his brother Theo and then to their family; it is now in the collection of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.Painting credit: John Russell

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