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ATV-4: All good missions must come to an end

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28 October 2013
ATV-4
ATV Albert Einstein, Europe’s supply and support ferry, docked with the International Space Station on 15 June 2013, some ten days after its launch from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.

In this image you can see ATV's four solar panel arrays along with the vertical antenna on top. This antenna is the ‘proximity boom’ that is used to communicate with the Station.

ATV Albert Einstein brought 7 tonnes of supplies, propellants and experiments to the complex. ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano oversees the unloading and cataloguing of the cargo of over 1400 individual items.

Credits: ESA/NASA
ATV Control Centre
ATV Control Centre in Toulouse, France, during the launch of ATV Albert Einstein on an Ariane 5 launcher, 10 June 2013.
Credits: ESA
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