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Launching Collection

"Launching into new frontiers: From Brunel's chains to space shuttles and beyond

Background imageLaunching Collection: Isambard Kingdom Brunel with chains

Isambard Kingdom Brunel with chains
Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806 - 1859) Designer and builder of railroads, bridges, tunnels, steamships, docks &c. pictured in front of the launching chain of the Great Eastern

Background imageLaunching Collection: Strs. A.D. MacTier and F.P. Jones, sponsors, 1913 Mar 8. Creator: Unknown

Strs. A.D. MacTier and F.P. Jones, sponsors, 1913 Mar 8. Creator: Unknown
Strs. A.D. MacTier and F.P. Jones, sponsors, 1913 Mar 8

Background imageLaunching Collection: Str. F.P. Jones, sponsor, 1913 Mar 8. Creator: Unknown

Str. F.P. Jones, sponsor, 1913 Mar 8. Creator: Unknown
Str. F.P. Jones, sponsor, 1913 Mar 8

Background imageLaunching Collection: Strs. A.D. MacTier and F.P. Jones, launching party, 1913 Mar 8. Creator: Unknown

Strs. A.D. MacTier and F.P. Jones, launching party, 1913 Mar 8. Creator: Unknown
Strs. A.D. MacTier and F.P. Jones, launching party, 1913 Mar 8

Background imageLaunching Collection: Str. A.D. MacTier, launch, 1913 Mar 8. Creator: Unknown

Str. A.D. MacTier, launch, 1913 Mar 8. Creator: Unknown
Str. A.D. MacTier, launch, 1913 Mar 8

Background imageLaunching Collection: First US manned space flight, 1961

First US manned space flight, 1961. Redstone rocket launching the Freedom 7 capsule into space on 5th May 1961. This mission (Mercury-Redstone 3)

Background imageLaunching Collection: Frau im Mond advert, 1929

Frau im Mond advert, 1929
Frau im Mond advert. The science fiction silent film Woman in the Moon (German: Frau im Mond), released in 1929, was written and directed by Austrian film-maker Fritz Lang

Background imageLaunching Collection: Space shuttle launching

Space shuttle launching

Background imageLaunching Collection: Space shuttle Endeavor

Space shuttle Endeavor

Background imageLaunching Collection: GLC-LFB Fire boat - Fire Hawk

GLC-LFB Fire boat - Fire Hawk
Entering service in February 1976, the Fire Hawk was built by Watercraft of Shoreham at a cost of £ 60, 000. Measuring 45 feet in length, 13.5 inch beam and with a 3.5 foot draft

Background imageLaunching Collection: Ariane, space rocket

Ariane, space rocket

Background imageLaunching Collection: Space Shuttle launch

Space Shuttle launch, computer enhanced image. This is mission STS-99, flown by the Space Shuttle Endeavour. It launched on 11 February 2000

Background imageLaunching Collection: Launch of Vostok 1 spacecraft, 1961

Launch of Vostok 1 spacecraft, 1961
Launch of Vostok 1 spacecraft. Close-up of the exhaust flames of the rocket launching Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968) into orbit from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on 12 April 1961

Background imageLaunching Collection: Douglas Dakota picking up a glider, Normandy; Second World W

Douglas Dakota picking up a glider, Normandy; Second World W
Illustration showing a Douglas Dakota, C-47 Skytrain, swooping down with a hook trailing to pick up a Waco glider, Normandy, France, 1944

Background imageLaunching Collection: The Original Co-op, Rochdale, Lancashire

The Original Co-op, Rochdale, Lancashire
On December 21st, 1844, the Rochdale Equitable Pioneers Society commenced trading in this building thereby launching the worldwide Co-operative movement

Background imageLaunching Collection: Dooey Bay, Rosguil, Co. Donegal

Dooey Bay, Rosguil, Co. Donegal - a view of a beach and headland and two men in the foreground launching a rowing boat. (Location: Republic of Ireland; County Donegal; Rosguil)

Background imageLaunching Collection: Saturn V rocket launch, artwork

Saturn V rocket launch, artwork. The Saturn V was the launch vehicle for NASAs Apollo program of manned missions to the Moon. The Apollo program took place between 1961 and 1975

Background imageLaunching Collection: SOROLLA, Joaqu�(1863-1923). Launching the Boat

SOROLLA, Joaqu�(1863-1923). Launching the Boat
SOROLLA, Joaqu� (1863-1923). Launching the Boat

Background imageLaunching Collection: Sputnik 1 launch

Sputnik 1 launch. Sputnik 1, the worlds first artificial satellite, being launched by an R-7 Semyorka rocket from Tyuratam military range (now Baikonur Cosmodrome), Kazakhstan, on 4 October 1957

Background imageLaunching Collection: Trident missile test launch C016 / 6616

Trident missile test launch C016 / 6616
Trident missile test launch from the submarine USS Mariano G. Vallejo. Trident missiles are submarine-launched ballistic missiles that are armed with nuclear warheads

Background imageLaunching Collection: The Summer Car of the River: Motor-launching on the Thames

The Summer Car of the River: Motor-launching on the Thames
An illustration by C.E. Turner depicting the fashion for motor-boats or motor-launches during the 1920s among the upper classes

Background imageLaunching Collection: Blythswood Shipbuilding Co Ltd yard February 1959. Workers at the launch of the Regent

Blythswood Shipbuilding Co Ltd yard February 1959. Workers at the launch of the Regent Eagle Texaco oil tanker

Background imageLaunching Collection: The R80 Airship being launched from it shed July 1920 The figure sitting on top of

The R80 Airship being launched from it shed July 1920 The figure sitting on top of the airship is Ballantyne the stowaway of R34 fame

Background imageLaunching Collection: Launching of V2 rocket bombs by G. H. Davis

Launching of V2 rocket bombs by G. H. Davis
The launching of V2 rocket bombs during the Second World War: an official photograph and its explanation. On the left: a scene at Peenemunde, birthplace of the V2

Background imageLaunching Collection: Scout hot air balloon

Scout hot air balloon
A group of Scouts preparing to fly their hot air balloon, adorned with the Scout Association Fleur-de-lis emblem, at Gilwell Park. 1976

Background imageLaunching Collection: Kepler Mission rocket launch

Kepler Mission rocket launch. Delta II 7925 rocket taking off to launch NASAs Kepler Mission. This mission is designed to discover Earth-like planets orbiting other stars

Background imageLaunching Collection: First World War surveillance kite

First World War surveillance kite. US soldier being lifted up by a surveillance kite during the First World War (1914-1918)

Background imageLaunching Collection: Launching the Lifeboat

Launching the Lifeboat
Launching the lifeboat from a carriage into a rough sea whilst the crew climb aboard

Background imageLaunching Collection: Philadelphia: Launching a Ship in Cramps Shipyard, Beach and Palmer Streets (b / w photo)

Philadelphia: Launching a Ship in Cramps Shipyard, Beach and Palmer Streets (b / w photo)
6012486 Philadelphia: Launching a Ship in Cramps Shipyard, Beach and Palmer Streets (b/w photo) by American Photographer (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageLaunching Collection: The Launch of the Great Western in 1837, 1919 (oil on canvas)

The Launch of the Great Western in 1837, 1919 (oil on canvas)
2830977 The Launch of the Great Western in 1837, 1919 (oil on canvas) by Parsons, Arthur Wilde (1854-1931); 256.5x195.6 cm; Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, UK; eBristol Museums

Background imageLaunching Collection: Launching of the cargo ship Rembrandt, built and engined by the Smith

Launching of the cargo ship Rembrandt, built and engined by the Smiths Dock Company Ltd for the Bolton Steam Shipping Company Ltd, at Smiths Dock at South Bank on the River Tees. 29th January 1960

Background imageLaunching Collection: Trident missile test launch C016 / 6615

Trident missile test launch C016 / 6615
Trident missile test launch. Trident missiles are submarine-launched ballistic missiles that are armed with nuclear warheads. They have a range of 7, 350 kilometres

Background imageLaunching Collection: The launch of the Cunard White Star Liner - Queen Mary

The launch of the Cunard White Star Liner - Queen Mary by HM The Queen at Clydebank, Septmeber 26th, 1934. Now permanently located at Long Beach, California, United States. Date: 1934

Background imageLaunching Collection: Close-up view of machine on launching track at Huffman Prair

Close-up view of machine on launching track at Huffman Prairie, Dayton, Ohio. Date 1904 June or July

Background imageLaunching Collection: The Amanohashidate admired by a Geisha

The Amanohashidate admired by a Geisha
The Amanohashidate - located in Miyazu Bay in northern Kyoto Prefecture - a pine-clad promontory launching onto the sea - being admited by a geisha on a balcony

Background imageLaunching Collection: Bremen Launched

Bremen Launched
In her heyday this fine German liner wins the Atlantic record, but in WW2 she becomes a naval accommodation ship, destroyed by fire in 1941

Background imageLaunching Collection: Caterham CT03 Reveal

Caterham CT03 Reveal
Circuito de Jerez, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, Tuesday 5th February 2013 Guido Van Der Garde, Caterham F1, with the new Caterham CT03 Renault

Background imageLaunching Collection: Toro Rosso STR8 Launch

Toro Rosso STR8 Launch
Circuito de Jerez, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, 4th February 2013 Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, at the launch of the STR8. World Copyright: Malcolm Griffiths/LAT Photographic ref: C76D8680

Background imageLaunching Collection: Drill, Holland America Line - life boats ready to launch, between c1910 and c1915

Drill, Holland America Line - life boats ready to launch, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Drill, Holland America Line - life boats ready to launch, between c1910 and c1915.

Background imageLaunching Collection: Life boats launched, Holland America line, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Life boats launched, Holland America line, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Life boats launched, Holland America line, between c1910 and c1915.

Background imageLaunching Collection: Kaiser leaving stand after christening of 'Imperator', 1912. Creator: Bain News Service

Kaiser leaving stand after christening of "Imperator", 1912. Creator: Bain News Service
Kaiser leaving stand after christening of "Imperator", 1912. Shows the Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany christening the S.S. Imperator, an ocean liner of the Hamburg America Line, May 23, 1912.

Background imageLaunching Collection: Launch of SMS Viribus Unitis at Trieste, 1911. Creator: Bain News Service

Launch of SMS Viribus Unitis at Trieste, 1911. Creator: Bain News Service
Launch of SMS Viribus Unitis at Trieste, 1911.

Background imageLaunching Collection: Launch of NEW YORK (reversed), 1912. Creator: Bain News Service

Launch of NEW YORK (reversed), 1912. Creator: Bain News Service
Launch of NEW YORK (reversed), 1912. Shows the crowd at the launching of the battleship the USS New York at the New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, October 30, 1912.

Background imageLaunching Collection: Life boat drill, Holland America Line - putting boats over the side, between c1910 and c1915

Life boat drill, Holland America Line - putting boats over the side, between c1910 and c1915.

Background imageLaunching Collection: Launch of the Knight Commander, iron screw steam-ship, built at Dublin, 1864. Creator: Smyth

Launch of the Knight Commander, iron screw steam-ship, built at Dublin, 1864. Creator: Smyth
Launch of the Knight Commander, iron screw steam-ship, built at Dublin, 1864. View of '...the first large iron vessel ever built in the port of Dublin as she glided off her cradle into

Background imageLaunching Collection: Mercedes AMG W04 Launch

Mercedes AMG W04 Launch
Circuito de Jerez, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, 4th February 2013 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG, at the launch of the Mercedes W04. World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic ref: _R6T7038

Background imageLaunching Collection: Caterham CT03 Reveal

Caterham CT03 Reveal
Circuito de Jerez, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, Tuesday 5th February 2013 Guido Van Der Garde, Caterham F1 and Charles Pic, Caterham F1, pull the wraps off the new Caterham CT03 Renault

Background imageLaunching Collection: Mercedes AMG W04 Launch

Mercedes AMG W04 Launch
Circuito de Jerez, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, 4th February 2013 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG. World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic ref: _R6T7370



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"Launching into new frontiers: From Brunel's chains to space shuttles and beyond. " Embarking on a journey of innovation, Isambard Kingdom Brunel revolutionized transportation with his iconic chains, paving the way for future advancements. In 1961, humanity took its first leap towards the stars as the US witnessed its inaugural manned space flight, forever changing our perception of what is possible. The majestic sight of Space Shuttle Endeavor soaring through the skies captured our imagination and reminded us of our boundless potential. With each space shuttle launching into orbit, we pushed the boundaries of exploration and expanded our understanding of the universe. Amidst turbulent waters, GLC-LFB Fire boat - Fire Hawk stood tall as a symbol of bravery and resilience in times of crisis. Witnessing a Space Shuttle launch was like witnessing poetry in motion; it ignited a sense of awe and wonder that words could hardly capture. Back in 1961, history was made when Vostok 1 spacecraft embarked on its maiden voyage into outer space – an achievement that would inspire generations to come. During World War II's Normandy invasion, Douglas Dakota picked up gliders from perilous situations, exemplifying heroism amidst chaos. Tragedy struck during Penlee Lifeboat Disaster when brave souls selflessly risked their lives to save others at sea – reminding us all about the courage within humanity. The Original Co-op in Rochdale stands as a testament to community spirit and collective empowerment – launching a movement that transformed society for good. As Saturn V rocket soared high above Earth's atmosphere in breathtaking artwork form, it symbolized mankind's relentless pursuit for knowledge and progress. Even back in 1929 with Frau im Mond advert captivating audiences' attention; dreams were launched onto screens igniting curiosity about what lies beyond our world.