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 5 apr 07


spaceflight pic 30 march 2007

"I thought you said I could get AM on this thing."
Kyle Rutherford

"Now -  if I somehow by myself manage to alone lift this thing, and at the same time gently twist this fine-tuning knob here while I position the magic sphere over the carbon-carbon phenolic lined – exterior gold plated signal concentrator there - I'm able to tune in 'Music of the Galilean Spheres' most effectively and efficiently".
Charles J. Barber

Precision Landing Part 2 :
"And now, Ladies and Gentlemen, here is the prototype of our new super supeR suPER SUPER Inertial Navigation System, something the unlucky soviet cosmonauts in last week picture needed desperately....."
Armando Rolla


"I have yet to figure out all by myself how this funny-looking hairdryer works."
Michel Laliberté

"Welcome back to the hope shopping Network. Today we've got these great new space capsules up, and they're cheap too! It even doubles as a pressure cooker!
Peter Bramsen

Thanks to all of the readers who suggested an explanation.

Last week's image shows the Galileo Jupiter atmosphere probe's descent module and deceleration module at NASA Ames Research Center. The probe was launched in 1989 and ended its mission in 2003 when the descent module entered the atmosphere to measure it and was eventually crushed by it.