spaceflight picture of the week 28 July 2006


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 above? What is the mission? Tell us your thoughts and send us your own amusing caption by emailing Rob Coppinger, Flight International's space reporter.  Answers and winning caption will be published next week. Please supply a physical location in your message.

Spaceflight picture of the week 21 July 2006



Thanks to all of the readers who suggested an explanation this week.  Unfortunately nobody guessed correctly. 

Last week’s image shows the Long March 3B rocket falling back to earth in a ball of flames, seconds after lifting off from the launch site in Xichang. The rocket’s failure was the second set-back for China’s fledging aerospace industry in less than 13 months, following an accident in January 1995.

Source: Flight International