This week's top travel pictures from around the world

From the third ever image taken of planet Earth from the outer solar system, to a chunk of the Monaco glacier falling into the ocean, HELLO! Online has flicked through this week's pictures from all over the world for a breathtaking gallery of our top pick.

Scroll down for a wonderful shot of Shanghai's skyline, an attempt to make a new world record of mass hot air balloons taking off in France, and the moment when an estimated three million people gathered on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach for a mass by the Pope...

A staggering 408 hot air balloons take off from a former Nato base in Chambley, France in an attempt to beat the current world record in the Lorraine Mondial international hot air balloon festival. The popular festival has been taking place in France since 1989 and attracts balloonists from all over the world. Photo: © Rex

In this rare image, the wide-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn's rings, planet Earth and its moon in the same frame. This is only the third time ever that Earth has been imaged from the outer solar system. The first image of Earth captured from the outer solar system was taken by NASA's Voyager 1 in 1990 and famously titled "Pale Blue Dot". Sixteen years later, in 2006, Cassini imaged the Earth in the stunning and unique mosaic of Saturn called "In Saturn's Shadow-The Pale Blue Dot". Photo: © Rex

View from the Bund after a thunderstorm in Shanghai, China, showing the skyline of Pudong and Lujiazui Financial District reflected in rainwater Photo: © Rex

Visitors witness a huge chunk of the Monaco glacier fall into the ocean in Spitsbergen, Norway. The delighted tour group heard the glacier crack from an astonishing half a kilometre away. Photo: © Rex

Residents of one of Medellín's poorest neighbourhoods, Comuna 13, got a ride into the future with the installation of a massive electric stairway system, servicing some 12,000 residents. Locals came out to try the $6.7million escalator which is free to use and which officials say will shorten the 35-minute hike up the hillside to six minutes. Photo: © Rex

An estimated three million people gathered on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach for a mass by Pope Francis on World Youth Day, 28 July. Photo: © Rex

Tourists view the scenery of Danxia landform at the Danxia Scenic Area in Zhangye City, northwest China's Gansu Province. Danxia, which means "rosy cloud", is a special landform formed from reddish sandstone that has been eroded over time into a series of mountains surrounded by curvaceous cliffs and many unusual rock formations 

A sculpture is unveiled at London's Trafalgar Square of a giant blue cockerel. The giant artwork, which stands at 4.7m tall, has been created by artist Katharina Fritsch. The piece is called 'Hahn', which means cock in German, and will be in place for 18 months. Photo: © Rex


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