Early flight preparations are made to WK2 and SS2 prior to the first powered flight of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo on April 29, 2013 in Mojave, California. SpaceShipTwo is a private enterprise aircraft, designed to carry paying passengers into space. The spacecraft was dropped from the mothership at high altitude and fired it's engine for a approximate 16-second burn taking the craft through the sound barrier. The hybrid rocket motor is fueled by nitrous oxide and a rubber propellent combination. The motor can be 'shut down' at any time for safety and flight requirement purposes.
A sign for Foxtons Estate Agents in Marylebone on September 20, 2013 in London, England. Foxtons has been valued at £649 million ahead of its full stock market listing. Shares in the company were priced at GBP 2.30 each.
Social Democrats (SPD) chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrueck delivers a speech during a campaign appearance on September 20, 2013 in Wiesbaden, Germany. Germany is facing federal elections scheduled for September 22 and a wide spectrum of political parties is vying for votes.