ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Samokutyaev completed their training on ATV-5 docking/undocking at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre today. Congrats to both!
— lionelferra (@lionelferra) November 29, 2013
The two were undergoing training because they will serve as the crew members who oversee the undocking of ATV-5.
ESA’s Alexander Gerst will oversee docking of ATV-5, in Spring 2014, together with Russia’s Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Skvortsov (Can we call this the ‘Triple Alex’ docking? – Ed.), while Samantha together with Alexander Samokutyaev will undock ATV-5 in Autumn 2014
Sasha Samokutyaev took part in the undocking of ATV-2 in 2011, and he also saw the undocking of the last Shuttle, STS-135, from the ISS. Sasha is truly the ‘specialist of the ‘lasts’…’
Herewith, a few photos of ATV-2 undocking, cargo inspection by Sasha within ATV-2, and Sasha seen with STS-135 through the port from the Russian Service Module nadir window.