ATV to Clean Up ISS, then Commit Seppuku
The European Space Agency's Automated Transfer Vehicle 2 is on its way to So. America. Set to be launched later this year, it will bring up cargo to the ISS without the need of a human. The first ATV, named Jules Verne, successfully flew in 2008, filled itself with waste and burned up intentionally on re-entry. ATV-2 has been dubbed Johannes Kepler and will suffer the same fate after its mission is complete.
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Posted by Sheila Franklin at May 20, 2010 9:10 AM