THESE REMARKABLE PHOTOS were taken by European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Paolo Nespoli from the International Space Station (ISS) on 16 February 2011, just minutes after Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Johannes Kepler lifted off aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou, French Guiana.
The images show the rising exhaust trail of Ariane, still in its initial vertical trajectory phase. The trail can be seen in the image above as a thin streak just beneath the Station’s robot arm.
The unmanned supply ship will deliver critical supplies and re-boost the ISS during its almost four-month mission. It is due to dock with the ISS on Friday, February 25, Sydney time.
Adapted from information issued by ESA/ NASA.
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