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ATV Docking ring

The docking ring used by ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle cargo spacecraft for five missions to the International Space Station is displayed in the laboratory corridor of ESA’s technical heart in the Netherlands. Supplied by Russia’s…


ATV to record own doom

Next Monday, ESA astronaut Samantha Christoforetti will float into Europe’s space ferry to install a special infrared camera, set to capture unique interior views of the spacecraft’s break-up on reentry. “The battery-powered camera will be…


Let LIRIS do the work

The image above was taken 70 m from the Station – the first showing the complex in this configuration. Ahead of an ATV docking, the Station turns its solar wings to avoid GPS navigation signals…


What’s it like inside an ATV?

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst inside ATV Georges Lemaitre for the first time on orbit after hatch opening. Alexander wears a facemask to protect against inhaling any fine particles of dust or debris that might have…


ATV Docked to ISS

Highlights from the docking of ATV Georges Lemaître to the International Space Station. The fifth and final Automated Transfer Vehicle docked with the ISS at 13:30 UTC/15:30 CEST on 12 August 2014. The vehicle is…


Georges Lemaitre into the expanding universe

The last European ATV contribution to the ISS is on its way. ATV Georges Lemaître will dock with the Station on August 12. The fifth and final mission of ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle got off…


Burn, baby, burn

Albert Einstein turned into a Burning Man. And with Albert, it’s always something special. ESA’s fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle, Albert Einstein, burnt up on 2 November at 12:04 GMT over an uninhabited area of the…