PARIS laid bare in intimate snaps

Our space plane mission's bumper photo album

By 28 October, it was all or nothing, so we schlepped back up to the launch site for an early-morning start.

John and Steve at the launch site

José María and Jose Manuel were on hand to tackle the helium bottle...

Jose Manuel and Jose Maria tackle the helium bottle

...which had already had some tasty coverage on the interwebs in this fetching image:

Our glamorous assistant poses with the helium bottle

I'm sure the parents out there will agree that if you ever get your teenage son in a sequin dress, you've got to make the most of it.

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