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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spaceflight pic 1 December

"Yeah, Hans, Contraves AG sure did the right thing by going in the fairing business back in 1964, the year Pope Paul VI gave his tiara to the poor and cancelled all contracts."
Michel Laliberté, Montréal

Thanks to all of the readers who suggested an explanation.

Last week’s image shows an Ariane 5 fairing built by Contraves.