June 15, 2013: The European Space Agency’s fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), known as “Albert Einstein,” successfully reached the International Space Station (ISS) this morning despite anomalies sustained by both ATV and ISS during the rendezvous. The ATV was launched into orbit on June 5, 2013 via an Ariane 5 rocket, comprising the heaviest Ariane 5 launch to date. Once on-orbit, ATV docked to the aft port of the ISS Russian Segment “Zvezda” module today at 14:07 GMT. ATV will remain attached to ISS until October 2013. Congratulations to the entire ESA team!
For more information about the ATV or the Albert Einstein mission, please visit the ATV website: http://www.esa.int/esaMI/ATV/index.html