Spaceflight picture of the week 31 March 2006

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

spaceflight photograph 31 mar 06


Can you identify the artist's impression of a capsule pictured above and can you tell us its significance?

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 image

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"Didn't we need that?"

Thanks to Jay Ayer for the caption and
Brett Davidson for correctly guessing the mission (see below)

 

This picture above is the damaged Apollo 13 service module, photographed from the command module.  After separation and before re-entry, the crew inspected the service module to help in determining the cause of the explosiion and whether the heat shield was likely to have been damaged.