Just in case people thought that the teams in Kourou are now relaxing after the launch… Maybe mentally, yes ( at least those not involved in the mission); but, physically, no.

We have to free up the payload preparation room, S5, and when I arrived at 10 am yesterday I found that this task had progressed at a very quick pace!

With some difficulty I located the last remaining cable allowing access to our server and I could access my email. This morning I again popped in to say goodbye to CSG before heading to the airport.

The ATV team is leaving, but CNES and Arianespace are already focusing on the next launch, Galileo, planned for 21 August. S5 was as busy as always, so it was a quick bye bye.

– Charlotte Beskow