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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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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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