CREDIT : KARL ESCH / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY CREDIT : KARL ESCH / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Space Shuttle Columbia climbing after launch on Mission STS-5. The smoke trail is created by the Solid Rocket Boosters (SRB), used to provide thrust in addition to the Space Shuttle's own engines for 2 minutes 12 seconds, by which time the Shuttle has achieved an altitude of around 45km.
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