This NASA photo depicts one of America's shuttles - part of the country's "Space Transportation System" - leaving the launch pad at Cape Canaveral.
The shuttle, shown here, is "Discovery." NASA describes the image - taken on September 12, 1993 - as follows:
In this photo taken with a fisheye lens, shuttle Discovery roars away from Launch Pad 39B at 7:45 a.m. EDT as the STS-51 mission begins. The Advanced Communications Technology Satellite and attached Transfer Orbit Stage booster were deployed during the flight, along with a second primary payload, the Orbiting and Retrievable Far and Extreme Ultraviolet Spectrograph-Shuttle Pallet Satellite.
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Image online, courtesy NASA. Photo of the space shuttle "Discovery," taken on September 12, 1993, during the launch of Mission STS-51.