Posted on 15 Feb 2015 by Daniel
Last ATV reentry leaves legacy for future space exploration
ESA’s fifth automated cargo ferry completed its mission to the International Space Station today when it reentered the atmosphere and burned up safely over an uninhabited area of the southern Pacific Ocean.
The end of the mission came as the craft broke up as planned at about 18:04 GMT (19:04 CET), marking the end of the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) programme. The programme has served the Station with the most complex space vehicle ever developed in Europe, achieving five launches in six years following its 2008 debut.