Category Archives: Fun stuff

More images of ATV’s last flight – from Slovakia

While we wait for news from the Break-Up Camera we received more amazing pictures of ATV-5 in space via our blog contact form – thanks Marian!  Your invitation to send images of ATV-5 has me caught up now, but I … Continue reading

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Last goodbyes: ATV-5 seen from Earth – a tribute gallery

When we invited everyone to send us pictures of ATV-5 streaking over skies with the International Space Station for Valentine’s day, we didn’t expect such an overwhelming response. We received inputs from UK, Belgium, France, Norway, Germany, The Netherlands and … Continue reading

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ATV forever

This was the last image shown on the ATV Control Centre’s main screen after the last reentry ever of an Automated Transfer Vehicle. The technology in ATV will go to space again in 2017 on NASA’s Orion spacecraft.

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Spotting ATV-5 Sunday evening

First: A sincere thank you to everyone who spotted ATV-5 last night, Saturday, 14 Feb, and shared their pictures during the last, best, overflight above Western Europe, between about 18:10-18:16 GMT. We saw some wonderful photos via Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, … Continue reading

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Orbital elements for ATV5 after undocking

For keen astronomers who wish to spot ATV in flight after undocking today: here is the TLE! 1 40103U 14044A   15045.60004630  .00000000  00000-0  12750-3 0  0006 2 40103 051.6471 336.2579 0014345 322.0611 311.8677 15.57261553 00004

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ATV fuel consumption

A while back, a reader asked for fuel consumption figures for our favourite space freighter via the blog’s feedback form: “I would like to have some detailed info on the consumed fuel in kg during the rendezvous phase of ATV … Continue reading

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Arms that never tire: Robots in space! 28 Jan

Join us for a hangout with ESA Astronaut Tim Peake & Rosetta Project Scientist Dr Matt Taylor as they discuss robotics in space missions. #RobotsInSpace Date: Wednesday 28 January 2015 || Time: 17:00 GMT 18:00 CET 11:00 Houston || Access … Continue reading

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Astro Sam working in ATV

Our ATV-5 welcomes a new European astronaut into its massive cargo carrier! At the very back end of the #ISS ready to give “a push” when needed: our #ATV5. I will work there for 1st time today! — Sam … Continue reading

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‘Field of the Sky’ meteorite flying above our skies again

Scottish conceptual Katie Paterson created an artwork ‘Campo del Cielo, Field of the Sky’ based on a 4.5-billion-year-old meteorite that was cast, melted, and recast back into a new version of itself while retaining its original form. The artwork has … Continue reading

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ATV-5 seen from Earth

Astronomer-photographer extraordinaire Thierry Legault has featured before on this blog, but wanted to take images of the International Space Station with ATV Georges Lemaître visible. Taken from a Paris suburb in France, the results are outstanding. Click on  “read more” … Continue reading

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