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Boeing's space odyssey

December 22, 2004 15:33 IST

A Boeing Delta 4 rocket lifts off from launch complex 37B  on December 21, 2004 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

After several weeks of delays, the heavy-lifting rocket finally got off on its first launch, a demonstration mission for the United States Air Force Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Programme.

Photographs: Matt Stroshane/Getty Images