ATV Johannes Kepler is now doing its last orbit around the Earth. The final deorbit burn will start in about one hour, at 22:04 CEST and the show will be over by 23:00 CEST. The atmosphere at the control centre is partly sad, partly light; controllers talking jokingly on the intercom and knowing that the hectic period of a four-month-long mission will soon be over. Then, after just a short break, it will be time to start training and preparations for ATV-3 – Edoardo Amaldi.

ESA's Kris Capelle and Mike Steinkopf at ATV-CC