Monday 10 March 2008

Jules Verne Blasts Off With Supplies For ISS Astronauts

A European rocket lifted off from French Guiana early Sunday on a mission to resupply oxygen, food, water and equipment to the international space station. The Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), a 20-ton payload the size of a London double-decker bus, blasted into the skies aboard a beefed-up Ariane 5 launcher, This is the first ATV from Europe and is named after Jules Verne, the French author who pioneered science fiction.

The most strikingly positive feature of this mission is that after the craft services the ISS and detaches; it will take with it the rubbish accumulated during the station's mission. The trash and freighter will then safely disintegrate over the Pacific, mission scientists say.

Although the launch is very quickly over, this youtube video follows the rocket all the way into space accompanied by commentary in French.

This link however carries the main video in English demonstrating the entire mission, complete with commentary in English.

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