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The 45 Most Powerful Photos Of 2012

There are some incredibly inspiring pictures in here, but warning: Some of these may break your heart.

1. Tourists sunbathing next to the Costa Concordia

2. The Waldo Canyon fire

3. Outside the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado

4. Memorial Day 2012

5. The Paralympics

6. Trayvon Martin protests in Georgia

7. The Virgin Mary left standing in Breezy Point, Queens

8. Anti-gay hate crimes in Ukraine

9. People who lost family members during the uprising in Egypt react to Hosni Mubarak's prison sentence

10. Nik Wallenda tightroping over Niagara Falls

11. New York Fashion Week

12. A woman's suicide attempt in Greece

13. Curiosity Control Room celebrates

14. Mars

15. A Bolivian woman taking on a group of riot police

16. A couple discovering their family records survived Hurricane Sandy

17. The protester in Bangladesh about to be smashed with a baton

18. A Syrian refugee vs. Mickey Mouse

19. Greece

20. Seaside Heights, New Jersey

21. A boy in Nepal being evicted from his home

22. A man and his dog

23. The grieving women of South African mine workers

24. Kicking riot police in Greece

25. Family being forced to go back to Myanmar

26. The Harveyville, Kansas, tornado

27. The man who set himself on fire for Tibet

28. The West Liberty, Kentucky, tornado

29. The father saving his daughter's life in Syria

30. A woman grieving for her brother and cousin in Brooklyn, New York

31. Manhattan without lights

32. The Dutch floods in February

33. The student riots in Chile

34. Two firefighters consoling each other after finding out two of their comrades were killed

35. The 11th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks

36. Felix Baumgartner's 24-mile free-fall from space

37. The president and First Lady looking down onto the 9/11 memorial

38. The Space Shuttle Enterprise flying above New York City

39. The governor of New Jersey and the president coming together after Hurricane Sandy

40. Two women from Maryland getting engaged on election night

41. An Aurora survivor

42. The wedding held during a monsoon in Manila

43. The sister outside the elementary school

44. The students fleeing the elementary school

45. The sailor and and his wife who overcame pretty high odds to be together