DAVID DUCROS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DAVID DUCROS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV, upper left) docked to the International Space Station (ISS), artwork. The ATV is an unmanned resupply vehicle used by the European Space Agency to supply the International Space Station (ISS). This is the Jules Verne ATV, launched on 9 March 2008. It docked with the ISS's Zvezda module on 3 April 2008. Five months later, after boosting the orbit of the ISS, it separated and de-orbited with its cargo of waste, burning up in Earth's atmosphere on 29 September 2008. Also attached to the ISS are Progress and Soyuz spacecraft (black, bottom), and the Columbus laboratory module (far right).
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