ATV-5 Goes into Orbit

An excellent launch, just wish I was around to watch it live. This was the fifth and last ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) going to the ISS.

ESA has the tradition of naming the vehicles and this one is named Georges Lemaître. Lemaitre was the first to postulate the the Big Bang theory and much more, check out the link.

lifted off at 23:47 GMT on 29 July (01:47 CEST 30 July, 20:47 local time 29 July) on an Ariane 5 ES rocket.

The vehicle will deliver 6561 kg of freight, including 2628 kg of dry cargo and 3933 kg of water, propellants and gases.

ATV Georges Lemaître lifted off at 23:47 GMT on 29 July (01:47 CEST 30 July, 20:47 local time 29 July) on an Ariane 5 ES rocket.

ATV Georges Lemaître is due to dock with the Station on 12 August and will remain attached for up to six months before leaving with waste material for destruction along with the spaceship during atmospheric reentry.

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