Docking Date For ATV-3 With Space Station

March 11, 2012

ESA´s third Automated Transfer Vehicle, scheduled for launch on an Ariane 5 from Europe´s Spaceport in French Guiana on 23 March, is planned to dock with the International Space Station five days later.

ATV-3 will automatically dock with the Station´s Russian Zvezda module during the night of 28—29 March. The precise time will be known after launch, which is set for 04:31 GMT (05:31 CET) on Friday, 23 March.

The flight of ATV-3 is part of the internationally coordinated servicing effort to support the International Space Station.

Image Caption: Preview of the maiden launch and docking of ESA’s Jules Verne ATV. Jules Verne will be lifted into space on board an Ariane 5 launch vehicle. Credits: ESA – D. Ducros 2007

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