Freighter to end life in fireball
Picture: Original "Re-entry" ATV during controlled disintegration
The ATV automatic transport vevicle Jules Verne, manouvered the ISS space station with the onboard powerful boosters out of the collision line with space junk parts. The ATV transports a load of 7.5 tons up and takes 3.5 tons garbage back, burning it on re-entry.
Manufacturer: EADS Astrium Bremen/germany
This is a dirty way to "burn" the garbage of the ISS ??? Clean Space ?
Europe's biggest, most sophisticated spaceship is about to bring its six-month mission to an end by plunging into the Pacific in a ball of flames.
The "Jules Verne" freighter undocked from the space station three weeks ago packed with rubbish and will take its unwanted cargo into a destructive dive.
Most of the vehicle is expected to burn up in the atmosphere; only fragments will make it down to the ocean water.
Two engine firings should bring the ship out of the sky on Monday.