The European Space Agency announced its fifth Automated Transfer Vehicle has been named Georges Lemaître, after the Belgian scientist who provided the first observational estimation of the Hubble constant, which was later called the Big Bang theory.
The Jules Verne Automatic Transfer Vehicle (ATV) has successfully boosted the International Space Station (ISS) into a higher orbit. In a record 20-minute burn, the ATV boosted the 330-ton ISS by around 4.5 miles to an altitude of around 215 miles.
On September 29, 2008, fter re-supplying the International Space Station, the European Space Agency's Jules Verne Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) re-entered the Earth's atmosphere, where researchers captured fiery images of its demise high over an uninhabited section of the Pacific Ocean, southwest of Tahiti.
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