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 below? What is the mission? Tell us your thoughts and send us your own amusing caption by emailing Kelley Malcher, Flight's Webmaster.  Answers and winning caption will be published next week. Please supply a physical location in your message.


  Space flight picture of the week

spaceflight pic 1 December


Spaceflight picture of the week 24 November 2006


Thank you to everyone that suggested an explanation.

Last week’s image shows Freedom-7 being hoisted into position for Mercury Redstone rocket at Cape Canaveral Complex 5 in April 1961.