This is a beautiful image of ATV-3 ‘Edoardo Arnaldi’ docking at the International Space Station the other day. You can see the green haze of the atmosphere, the great stars of the galaxy and the bright lights of ATV-3. I think this will be my new desktop wallpaper!
ATV-3 is the third ‘Automated Transfer Vehicle‘, an unmanned supply capsule, created by the European Space Agency, used to deliver food, water, clothes and experiments to the space station. It holds a lot more than the more regular Russian Progress resupply ships. After a few months docked to the station the astronauts will fill it with rubbish and it will burn up in the atmosphere.
- Europe’s ATV-3 Space Freighter Adjusts ISS Orbit (space-travel.com)
- Station Crew Relaxes After Weekend ATV-3 Work (spacefellowship.com)
- Astrium: double delivery for ATV-3 Edoardo Amaldi launch (space-travel.com)
- Amazing photo: Cargo vehicle docks with space station over Earth’s city lights (csmonitor.com)
- Gorgeous photo of a resupply ship docking to the Space Station [Space Porn] (io9.com)
- ATV-3 set to provide ESA’s annual service to ISS (space-travel.com)
- World’s Biggest Spacecraft Is Like a Flying Fresh Direct Truck [Video] (gizmodo.com)