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


spaceflight picture of the week 11 August 2006


Thanks to all of the readers who suggested an explanation.

Last week’s image shows Astronaut Harrison H. Schmitt sitting in the Lunar Roving Vehicle at Station Nine (Van Serg crater) during the third Apollo 17 extra vehicular activity (EVA-3) at the Taurus-Littrow landing site. This photograph was taken by astronaut Gene Cernan, commander. Schmitt is the lunar module pilot. Astronauts Cernan and Schmitt descended in the lunar module Challenger to explore the lunar surface, Astronaut Ronald E. Evans, command module pilot, remained with the command and service modules in lunar orbit.

Source: Flight International