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 26 Jan 2007


Spaceflght pic Jan 07


 "Very funny.  Who took the ladder?"
Marc Passy, Houston


Thanks to all of the readers who suggested an explanation.

Last week's image shows ESA's Hermes with Ariane 5 spaceplane and booster