picture of the week May 05 W445

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? 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.

Moonraker W445
Moonraker © 1979 Danjaq / United Artists. All rights reserved

" Ok Boys..., we need a bigger garage! "
Robert Spieler, Klagenfurt, Austria
"In order to be able to afford to meet its ISS commitments, NASA accepts sponsorship from Orange."
Brett Davis, New Zealand
"Let's hope Congress will never find out about this one"
Salina Chan, Singapore

Thanks to you for supplying the captions and to Correctly guessed by:
Giancarlo Lalsingh from Trinidad & Tobago; Salina Chan from Singapore and Rolf Schmidt from Hamm, Germany who also got the mission right. Thanks too to all other readers who suggested an explanation.

Last week's photo shows the fictional space shuttle Moonraker 6 from the 1979 James Bond Movie Moonraker, staring Roger Moore. The shuttle was to be launched secretly from inside a silo in the Amazon jungle to a space station. The payload included the “best and the brightest of humanity”, so they would survive the orchid-based nerve gas attack on Earth. The production designer was Ken Adam.

Picture courtesy of EON Productions.

Source: Flight International