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ATV "Edoardo Amaldi" On Its Way To ISS  
User currently offlinejollo From Italy, joined Aug 2011, 270 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 2 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4681 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:


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]

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User currently offlinefrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 4403 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 month 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4405 times:

'Edoardo Amaldi' is about to dock.

There is a live stream on the ESA website:

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]

Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit posting...
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From Monaco, joined Feb 2007, 11332 posts, RR: 34
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4334 times:

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


Total success!

Go ESA and Arianespace!


There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlinejollo From Italy, joined Aug 2011, 270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4256 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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