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What We Love This Week, Volume CXLIII

Grand Canyon Skywalk

The Grand Canyon Skywalk, the first of its kind, looks out over the Colorado River and the canyon floor, 720 feet below. Image Source: Smithsonian

The World’s Most Majestically Terrifying Skywalks

Chamonix Skywalk Mountain Snow

The Chamonix Skywalk in Aiguille du Midi, France sits 3,396 feet above the valley floor. Image Source: Smithsonian

In 2007, a 70-foot-long pedestrian bridge was built out over the edge of the Grand Canyon. The glass beneath tourists’ feet was all that separated them from the Colorado river and the canyon floor, 720 feet below. This would, naturally, scare some, and, just as naturally, attract perhaps even more. The Grand Canyon skywalk was a hit and, since then, similar structures have been built all over the world. The most recent high-profile project–the 984-foot-long Haohan Qiao glass bridge in China’s Hunan Province–is perhaps the most audacious yet. See more of the world’s thrilling skywalks at Smithsonian.

China Glass Bridge

Thr recently opened Haohan Qiao glass bridge in China’s Hunan Province reaches 984 feet in length. Image Source: Smithsonian

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Photo Of The Day: European Refugee Crisis Given High Fashion Treatment In Hungary

Hungarian Migrant Chic Photoshoot

Image Source: The Mirror

High fashion and the migrant crisis have collided in Hungarian photographer Norbert Baksa’s “migrant chic” new photo shoot. In the photos, viewers can see a “migrant” model being dragged away by authorities, or checking her Chanel-branded phone. A razor-wire fence reminiscent of the Hungary-Serbia border looms in the background of both. The model, Monika Jablonczky, is in various states of undress throughout the shoot, presenting a stark contrast to the conservative style of women’s dress in the Middle East.

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Photo Of The Day: Meet The Hero Who Stood Up To The Oregon Gunman

Chriz Mintz Oregon Shooting

Chris Mintz, the hero that charged the UCC shooter to help save others is doing fine after having surgery to remove seven bullets. Image Source: Reddit

“You aren’t getting by me.”

This was uttered by Chris Mintz, the 30-year-old Army veteran and student at Umpqua Community College, to the gunman Christopher Harper Mercer during his shooting spree at the campus last Thursday.

Mintz attempted to block the classroom door to keep Mercer from entering and harming himself and others in hiding, but was shot three times through the door. After Mercer broke into the room, Mintz reportedly said, “It’s my son’s birthday,” yet Mercer continued to shoot him. The shooting left both of Mintz’s legs broken. Doctors say Mintz will survive his gunshot wounds, but will likely have to learn to walk again.

The shooting left ten people dead, including Mercer, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A White House petition posted last Friday is calling on President Obama to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom–the highest civilian award to individuals who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors”–to Mintz for his heroic actions. The petition already has over 13,000 signatures, but needs about 87,000 more to grab President Obama’s attention.


For more on gun violence in the United States, check out this chart.

50 Of Our Favorite Photos From The Apollo Archives

Apollo Project Archive Moonstagram LEAD

If you sit with doubt about the moon landing or any subsequent Apollo missions, this new gallery of just-released images from the Project Apollo Archive might just change your mind.

Thousands of photos, all unretouched and in high resolution glory, have been curated into a Flickr album by Kipp Teague, creator of the archival project. While you could easily sit and cull through the mountain of photos, we at All That Is Interesting did some of that leg work for you and chose 50 of our favorites to share in the gallery below. There are even a few #Moonstagrams and #SpaceSelfies in there:

To get sucked even further into the celestial wormhole, be sure to check out these incredible space facts and learn from a former ISS astronaut what 24 hours looks like while floating above Earth!

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