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.

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  Space flight picture of the week

Spaceflight picture of the week: 15 September 2006


spaceflight picture of the week: 8 september 2006

“Ok, who wasn't really "GO" for launch?”
Marc Passy in Houston, US

Thanks to Alan DeLuna in Florida, US, Frank Fischer in Braunschweig, Germany, Kevin Hill in Seattle, US, Marc Passy in Houston, US and Thomas Mosher for correctly suggesting an explanation for last week's image.

Last week’s picture shows the test unit Orbiter Vehicle (OV)-101 Enterprise stacked with inert solid rocket boosters at Space Launch Complex (SLC)-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in March 1985. During SLC-6's construction OV-101 was used for operational fit checks with the facilities.

Source: Flight International