Monthly Archives: March 2012

First picture: Astro André Kuipers inside ATV-3

ESA astronaut André Kuipers seen yesterday evening inside ATV Edoardo Amaldi during hatch opening and initial ingress activities. Welcome aboard! André wrote: First time floating inside ATV. Wearing mask and protective glasses in case the air is bad or there is anything floating around inside. All ok. Photo credit: ESA/NASA

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ATV-3 launch & docking video highlight

Excellent, 2-min overview of roll-out, lift-off, rendezvous and docking. Great, quick video update and we love the ATV's flashing navigation lights at the 1:57 point. Enjoy! (If video won't start in window below, just refresh this page in your browser...)

Europe’s third cargo vehicle docks with the Space Stati...

ESA’s ATV Edoardo Amaldi has completed the first stage of its docking with the Russian Zvezda module of the International Space Station. The docking occurred smoothly when ATV's docking probe was captured by Zvezda's docking cone at 00:31 CEST ( 22:31 GMT). Via ESA web

Follow ATV docking in Twitter

Follow ATV-3 docking tonight via webcast in the main ESA website or in the ESA Operations site. Follow live updates via Twitter below; also, remember to scroll down to see the regular updates we post here in the ATV blog.

ATV-3 arrives at ISS tonight

A big day for the ISS Expedition 30 crew today as they await the delivery of new supplies with the arrival of ATV Edoardo Amaldi. The docking of the third European Automated Transfer Vehicle is scheduled for 00:33 CEST (22:33 UT). ESA astronaut André Kuipers and his Russian crewmate Oleg Kononenko will monitor the cargo spacecraft from inside the Russian Zvezda module as the ATV manoeuvres towards the aft end of the ISS. A full docking timeline is available in the ATV blog. ATV Edoardo Amaldi carries into orbit some 4395 kg of fluid cargo, including fuel, water and gas, and 2201 kg of dry cargo including food, equipment, experiment hardware and...

New blog post from André: “Refuge in Soyuz due to...

An exciting morning for the ISS crew last Saturday as they had to shelter in their Soyuz spacecraft as a piece of space debris passed close-by. A few hours later, André posted an update in his blog: "We heard on Friday that a piece of space debris would come close to the ISS and that too little data was available to perform evasive manoeuvres. The space debris turned out to be from an old Russian satellite. Its orbit was hard to predict but it would pass by us at a distance of approximately 10 kilometres. That means code red. We had to go to our safe house to wait and see if...

All clear on ISS after close approach of space debris

The International Space Station crew took shelter in their Soyuz spacecraft earlier this morning when a piece of space debris made a close approach to the International Space Station. The space debris was tracked from Friday morning and was predicted to pass the ISS at an estimated distance of 23 km at around 07:38 CET on Saturday morning. The late notification of a possible debris conjunction meant it was no longer possible to perform an orbit boost to move the Station clear of the debris. In such situations, it is a standard precautionary procedure for the crew to shelter in their Soyuz spacecraft. The six ISS Expedition 30 crewmembers were awake one...

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The ATV-3 music video: Back at the ISS

Ariane performed flawlessly, ATV Amaldi is safely in orbit and we've got a mission. Next stop? The ISS! To celebrate the upcoming docking, Love & Mersey, one of Europe's top Beatles tribute bands, have produced a rocking music video: Back at the ISS. The song is a 'greeting to space' -- to ESA astronaut André Kuipers and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko; the two will work side-by-side on the ISS overseeing the critical docking of ATV-3. Appropriately, it's performed in English, Russian and Dutch -- three languages that André speaks. Thanks to Jan, Marcel and the entire band for a fabulous video greeting to space -- and best wishes to André, Oleg and...

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ATV Edoardo Amaldi on way to resupply ISS

ESA’s ATV Edoardo Amaldi lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, today at 04:34 GMT (05:34 CET, 01:34 local) and is now heading towards the International Space Station. The spacecraft will make a series of manoeuvres to rendezvous with the ISS on 28 March at the projected time of 22:34 GMT (00:34 CEST) where it will dock under its own control with Russia’s Zvezda module. ISS Expedition 30 crewmembers André Kuipers and Oleg Kononenko will monitor the approach and docking of the ATV from a special console inside the Zvezda module. The Automated Transfer Vehicle, the most complex spacecraft ever produced in Europe, is now en route to deliver essential...

ATV docking rehearsal on the ISS

Yesterday ESA astronaut André Kuipers and his Russian ISS Expedition 30 crewmate Oleg Kononenko rehearsed docking procedures for ATV-3 on board the International Space Station - André tweeted this photo of the two of them sat at the panel in the Russian Zvezda module from where they will monitor the approach and docking of ATV Edoardo Amaldi next week.

Your house is nice and warm in winter? Your body nice a...

An update from ESA's Mission Science Office who support ESA's science programme on the International Space Station. A look at the THERMOLAB experiment for which Expedition 30 crewmembers, André Kuipers, Don Pettit and Dan Burbank have recently completed experiment sessions in orbit. Isn’t it amazing how the thermal control system can keep your house (hopefully) warm enough when temperatures outdoors drop below freezing? You set the temperature you want and sensors use that setting to decide when to heat. At least as amazing is the thermal control in your body. The human body regulates its core temperature to ensure that the temperature for the vital organs is continuously at 37° C. Whether...

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ISS crew prepares for ATV-3 arrival

ESA astronaut André Kuipers and his Russian Expedition 30 crewmate Oleg Kononenko are currently participating in an on board drill in preparation for one of the major milestones of the PromISSe mission - the arrival of Automated Transfer Vehicle Edoardo Amaldi. Europe's cargo spacecraft, ATV for short, is set to deliver new supplies to the International Space Station next week, including food, water, fuel and equipment. The third spacecraft of it's type, ATV-3 was yesterday given the go-ahead for lift-off from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on Friday 23 May at 05:34 CET (04:34 UT). The ATV is set to dock with the ISS five days later. Docking André and Oleg...

Spaceship Earth lessons now available in 7 languages

The Spaceship Earth online lessons on radiation and immunology are now available online in seven languages. From his vantage point on the International Space Station, André has a unique view on ‘Spaceship Earth’. From the spectacular viewing post provided by Cupola, the ESA astronaut can observe both the beauty and fragility of our planet. His observations support the ESA online lessons designed to help European children aged 10–18 strengthen their knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In André's home country, the Netherlands, a team from The Netherlands Space Office, Science Center NEMO, Space Expo, WNF and ESA have teamed together to provide a Dutch language version of the project for schools:...