Category Archives: Fun stuff

‘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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Fabulous shadow view of our favourite cargo vessel

Posted last night by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst! It is always eerie to cross the terminator. The last rays of the sun cast a shadow of #ATV5 our solar panels. pic.twitter.com/lvNqRX0CYe — Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex) October 4, 2014

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ATV-5 status update 19 September

A quick update this morning with highlights of ATV-5's current status, as reported on Friday by ESA's Jean-Michel Bois at ATV-CC. And this post gives us an excellent opportunity to wish everyone at SpaceUp Toulouse a fabulous weekend and we … Continue reading

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ATV-5 at night

ATV-5 as we like to see it: surfing the galaxy. ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this picture yesterday with the text: I never imagined that flying to space would give me a different view of our entire galaxy. ATV's distinctive … Continue reading

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ATV-5 launch campaign (time lapse)

This time-lapse video shows the ATV-5 Georges Lemaître loading process and its integration on the Ariane 5 launcher before it was transferred and launched to the International Space Station from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on 29 July 2014. The fifth … Continue reading

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Replica of the International Space Station made of 221,000 matchsticks

Very, very impressive! That's more matchsticks than Mt Everest is tall! Well done, Patrick Acton! An #ISS scale model... made from 243 000 matchsticks!? Our ATV Jules Verne is in there too! http://t.co/puuDf8RTja pic.twitter.com/tfeWHS0ZEr — ESA (@esa) August 13, 2014

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ATV smarties

Like us here at the blog, you're probably jealous – and understandably so! wow! To keep the ground team in good mood, we have ATV #smarties here in Toulouse A full collection! #ATV5 pic.twitter.com/YsKL1KBwxE — lionelferra (@lionelferra) August 12, 2014

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ATV mission in 3D

Grab your 3D glasses (which you always keep by your computer, yes?) and enjoy this as-real-as-it-gets ATV adventure! Travelling over 6 million kilometres, follow the epic voyage of ESA's Automated Transfer Vehicle in full 3D, from assembly and shipment to … Continue reading

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ATV-5 seen from ISS: More great pictures

We've just received several more excellent photos of last night's flyunder, showing ATV-5 just 7 km below the ISS. Photos were taken by the crew during closest approach.      

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