Category Archives: Fun stuff

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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Fabulous 3D grid overlay on live in-space images

Here's an accurate 3D grid applied to @ralfvandebergh 's excellent #ATV5 pics from 5 Aug. Thx to #ATVCC Fdyn Laurent! pic.twitter.com/QS7vBXlF6l — ESA Operations (@esaoperations) August 8, 2014

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Spot ATV-5 & ISS together tonight

A number of very helpful folk have sent in comments and notes to remind us to remind you that tonight could be a great night to look up… to the ISS & ATV-5. Before we get to tonight’s details, this … Continue reading

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ATV-5 launch in miniature

ATV-5 launch date is rapidly approaching on 25 July in most timezones but Holger Voss recently launched the Ariane 5ES launcher that will lift Georges Lemaître to the International Space Station, albeit it a 1:50 scale model. Great work Holger! … Continue reading

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ATV-5 Ariane fairing design

The fairing on any launcher is the bodywork that protects the launchers payload, in our case ATV Georges Lemaître. Look at the picture of an Ariane-5 booster awaiting its ATV-5 and other stages: without the fairing something doesn’t quite look … Continue reading

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‘Family photo’ in Kourou

A nice note sent in by ESA’s Charlotte Beskow from the team in Kourou working on ATV-5 – Ed. This morning (9 May) we took a ‘family picture’! The people present in Koruou took a short break from the activities … Continue reading

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Achieving crucial milestones: ATV-5 JORR complete

A great update sent in by ESA’s Head of Operations at ATV-CC, Jean-Michel Bois, reporting on the Joint Operational Readiness Review (JORR) in Toulouse on 25 April (your humble editor regrets the delay in posting!) – Ed. On Friday, 25 … Continue reading

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