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.


  Space flight picture of the week

spaceflight picture of the week: 8 september 2006




Thanks to all of the readers who suggested an explanation for last week's image. Ken MacTaggart from Inverness in Scotland was the only person to guess correctly.

Last week’s picture shows Apollo 14 command and service modules in November 1969 undergoing preliminary check-out and testing at the Kennedy Space Centre shortly after the manufacturer delivered the units to the National Aeronautics Space Administration.  Apollo 14 was scheduled to fly to the moon in 1970 but was delayed until 1971.

Source: Flight International