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 pic 16 feb 2007


spaceflight pic 9 feb 2007


"O.K. guys, we all know it looks like an amateur rocket contest entry, but will everybody get in front for the picture?"
Michel Laliberté in Montréal


Thanks to all of the readers who suggested an explanation.

Last week’s image shows Japan’s experimental test flight model of the Hope spacecraft.  Measuring only 3.5m and weighing 500kg, the shuttle was designed to be lifted by a polyethylene balloon to an altitude of 66,000ft in a one-day operation, and then be propelled further by a booster rocket.

Source: Flight International