Photo of the Day

Actors get ready backstage before an opera performance
October 25, 2022

Behind the Scenes

Actors get ready backstage before a performance of the opera "Chen Long Kai Xu" near Guangzhou, China. The image was taken for a profile in the December 1991 issue about Ibn Battuta, a famous traveler who journeyed from North Africa to China.
Photograph by James L. Stanfield, Nat Geo Image Collection

Go Further

Subscriber Exclusive Content

See how NASA’s new Mars rover will explore the red planet

Why are people so dang obsessed with Mars?

How viruses shape our world

The era of greyhound racing in the U.S. is coming to an end

See how people have imagined life on Mars through history