Thursday, April 03, 2008

Space truck - Jules Verne's big moment arrives

Europe's sophisticated new space truck, the ATV, is set to dock with the International Space Station (ISS).

The unmanned vessel will deliver just under five tonnes of food, water, air, fuel and equipment to the orbiting platform's three astronauts.

The Automated Transfer Vehicle will use its own computerised systems to make the attachment.

Ground controllers and the station's astronauts will not get involved unless there is a problem.

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