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Topic: ATV "Edoardo Amaldi" On Its Way To ISS
Username: jollo
Posted 2012-03-23 11:30:43 and read 3444 times.

The third ATV out of a series of five, the Automated Trasfer Vehicle "Edoardo Amaldi" launched early this morning from Kourou atop an Ariane V:

http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEM3AR2T00H_index_0.html

ATVs are becoming "routine" already, but I am especially fond of this one because of her namesake: Edoardo Amaldi was one of the "Panisperna boys", a group of physicists and chemists that discovered slow neutrons in 1934, paving the way to practical nuclear technology. Enrico Fermi of Manhattan Project fame (and Nobel laureate), Amaldi's teacher and mentor, was also one of them.

Amaldi was one of the inspirators of CERN and one of the earliest proponents of an European space organisation.

[Edited 2012-03-23 11:35:39]

Topic: RE: ATV "Edoardo Amaldi" On Its Way To ISS
Username: francoflier
Posted 2012-03-28 15:12:15 and read 3168 times.

'Edoardo Amaldi' is about to dock.

There is a live stream on the ESA website:
http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/ATV/SEMZKJGY50H_0.html

Right now it's sitting a few meters from the docking bay (station 4), preparing for the final burn.
Cool stuff.

[Edited 2012-03-28 15:16:54]

Topic: RE: ATV "Edoardo Amaldi" On Its Way To ISS
Username: MadameConcorde
Posted 2012-03-29 06:42:20 and read 3097 times.

ATV docked. Here you can see how the ISS and ATV use their rocket engines in a coordinated dance. Credit: ESA/NASA

http://blogs.esa.int/atv/2012/03/29/...photo-by-astro_andre-atv-3-docked/

Total success!

Go ESA and Arianespace!

     

Topic: RE: ATV "Edoardo Amaldi" On Its Way To ISS
Username: jollo
Posted 2012-03-30 07:03:40 and read 3019 times.

Well done, gals and guys at ESA! You would have made old uncle Edo proud... and you sure made quite a few Italians proud as well (that's no small feat, nowadays...). Thank you!


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