TIME's The Year in Pictures

As 2009 nears its end, Time magazine has debuted their Year in Pictures issue. I have selected ten images to share below. To see a slideshow of the remaining images click here -----> The Year in Pictures.

U.S. President-elect Barack Obama waits backstage, moments before taking the oath of office.

Long Range Acquisition Sight, a thermal-imaging device, is used to watch for Taliban activity in Wardak province, Afghanistan

A thermal scanner shows the heat signatures of passengers arriving at Seoul's Incheon Airport. Such devices were deployed in the spring to help prevent the spread of swine flu.

Passengers wait on the wings of US Airways Flight 1549, an Airbus 320 that was safely ditched in the Hudson River after a flock of birds knocked out both its engines.
A mourner awaits the start of a tribute to Michael Jackson at the Apollo Theater in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City on June 30.

The planet Saturn is captured in a photograph taken by the Cassini orbiter.

Photographer Kate Westaway went underwater to take this image of a humpback whale calf off the coast of Turks and Caicos.

The tattoo on this soldier's back spells kafir, the Arabic word for infidel. He is a member of the 10th Mountain Division, serving in Wardak province, Afghanistan.

Soldiers of the U.S. Army 1st Battalion take defensive positions at fire base Restrepo after receiving fire from Taliban positions in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. Specialist Zachary Boyd, left, of Fort Worth, Texas, rushed from his sleeping quarters to join his fellow platoon members.

Thousands of people on the quad at the University of Colorado in Boulder exhale marijuana at 4:20 p.m. on April 20, an annual ritual marking the drug's unofficial national holiday.

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