Spaceflight picture of the week: 14 July 2006

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PICTURE OF THE WEEK


space flight picture of the week: 14 july 2006 

This week's picture is from a series of unique pictures from the Flight International spaceflight archive, which goes back to the very beginning of the space age.

Are you able to tell us the event pictured above? What is the mission? Tell us your thoughts and send us your own amusing caption by emailing Rob Coppinger, Flight International's space reporter.  Answers and winning caption will be published next week. Please supply a physical location in your message.
LAST WEEK'S PICTURE


spaceflight pic of week: 7 july 2006

“Whoops, after suggesting either "Thunderbirds are go!' and "Discovery was successfully launched, docking safely with the ISS... and in news from an alternative universe, the Rolls-Royce HOTOL single-stage-to- orbit spacecraft made its maiden flight today.  Test pilot Andy Green quipped that it was even more fun to drive than Thrust SSC....”
Brett Davidson in Wellington, New Zealand.

 

Thanks to Brett Davidson, in Wellington, and Kim E.Keller, Florida for correctly guessing last weeks image. Thanks to all of the other readers who suggested an explanation.


Last week’s image shows the British Aerospace HOTOL (HOrizontal Take Off Landing) on it’s way to orbit. HOTOL was a single-stage-to-orbit concept that would have used a ground-based trolley to accelerate to take-off speed.