The Best Pictures of the Week, July 8 – July 15

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Dan Winters for TIME
July 8, 2011. As Atlantis takes to the skies for the final flight of a U.S. space shuttle, it begins its roll program, which aligns it properly to enter orbit.

This week: The final liftoff for the space shuttle, Southern Sudan declares independence,  Pakistan a year after he floods, Somalia, the “worst humanitarian disaster” in the world, the biggest marijuana plantation found in Mexico, a frozen Great Hammerhead Shark, the Tour de France, and the FINA World Swimming Championships in Shanghai.

See last week’s Best Pictures of the Week.

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