Team at ATV-CC marks ‘end of mission’

Johannes Kepler may rest in peace… And while we might regret the demise of this great vehicle it is important to note that we are already preparing the launch of ATV-3, Edoardo Amaldi… whom, I suppose, we can baptise ‘Little Eddie.’ Stay tuned…” – CB

Europe’s unmanned ATV space freighter plunged on command into Earth’s atmosphere today to end its mission as a spectacular shooting star over the southern Pacific Ocean. Contact with the spacecraft was lost at 20:41:39 GMT (22:41:39 CEST) at an altitude of 80 km.

Full end-of-mission report via

Kepler: End of mission at ATV-CC

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