IN RECENT WEEKS two space freighters, the Russian Progress and Japanese HTV, have arrived at the International Space Station. But the most important logistics spacecraft for the ISS is Europe’s Automated Transfer Vehicle. ATV-2, also known as Johannes Kepler, is to be launched from Kourou, French Guiana, carrying 7 tonnes of cargo.
Launch is due at 22:13:27 UTC on February 15 (19:13:27 Kourou time or 23:13:27 Central European Time), which is 9:13am on February 16, Sydney time in Australia.
The two videos shown here, courtesy of the European Space Agency, describe the purpose of the mission.
Adapted from information issued by ESA.
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