Timelapse made from images taken by ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet on the International Space Station. Thomas commented: "Berthing Cygnus at 25x speed. After astronauts grapple the free-flying vehicle, the ground is in charge of berthing it to the International Space Station. It’s a very slow and precise procedure, with the robotic arm controlled remotely from Houston. Imagine a process so precise that it will create a sealed interface between two vehicles (the lighter Cygnus weighing 5000 kg), in vacuum and with temperatures varying by -100°C to +100°C, while flying at 28000 km/h !"
The video is assembled on Earth and is around 25 times faster than a normal video.
ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet is spending six months on the International Space Station as part of his Proxima mission. During Proxima, Thomas will perform around 50 scientific experiments for ESA and France’s space agency CNES as well as take part in many research activities for the other Station partners.
The mission is part of ESA’s vision to use Earth-orbiting spacecraft as a place to live and work for the benefit of European society while using the experience to prepare for future voyages of exploration further into the Solar System.
More about the Proxima mission: http://www.esa.int/proxima
Connect with Thomas Pesquet: http://thomaspesquet.esa.int