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European 'Edoardo Amaldi' Cargo Ship Launches To Space Station
2012-03-23 06:03:20

[ Watch the Video ] The European Space Agency (ESA) launched its third Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-3) today at 1:34 p.m. local time (12:34 a.m. EDT/4:34 GMT) from the Kourou launch site in French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 rocket. The “Edoardo Amaldi” spacecraft, named in honor of the Italian physicist who is regarded as one of the father´s of European spaceflight, is on its way to rendezvous with the International Space Station (ISS) carrying more than 7 tons of...

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2008-03-11 13:40:00

Following an overnight recovery operation, Jules Verne ATV's propulsion system has successfully been restored to full robustness. The spacecraft has since performed the first orbital maneuvers necessary to set up phasing with the International Space Station.Flight control and engineering support teams analyzed the data coming from the Automated Transfer Vehicle's on board computers which, after activation of the propulsion system following Sunday's launch, had detected a significant...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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