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ATV "Edoardo Amaldi" On Its Way To ISS

Fri Mar 23, 2012 6:30 pm

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.

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RE: ATV "Edoardo Amaldi" On Its Way To ISS

Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:12 pm

'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.

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RE: ATV "Edoardo Amaldi" On Its Way To ISS

Thu Mar 29, 2012 1:42 pm

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!

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RE: ATV "Edoardo Amaldi" On Its Way To ISS

Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:03 pm

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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