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 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 pic of the week: 4 August 2006


 spaceflight picture of the week 28 July 2006
Thanks to all of the readers who suggested an explanation this week.  Unfortunately nobody guessed correctly. 

Last week’s image shows a Boeing Delta rocket carrying the European Space Agency's first experimental communications satallite, OTS-1, lifting off from Canaveral Air Force Station only to be destroyed 103 seconds later. 14 September 1977.


Source: Flight International