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Amazing Night Launch Photos: Europe's ATV-3 Cargo Ship Blasts Off

ATV Edoardo Amaldi Under the Ariane 5’s Payload Fairing

Arianespace

This cutaway drawing depicts ATV Edoardo Amaldi under the Ariane 5’s payload fairing.

European Space Agency ATV-3 Edoardo Amaldi

ESA/CNES/Arianespace/Optique Video du CSG–J.M. Guillon

Europe's third Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-3) is named Edoardo Amaldi.

ATV-3 - The Edoardo Amaldi

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The third ATV, is named after famous Italian physicist and spaceflight pioneer Edoardo Amaldi. Edoardo Amaldi was a leading figure in Italian science in the 20th century, particularly in fundamental experimental physics. Here, a portrait of Amaldo on the Ariane 5 rocket is seen during launch preparations.

ATV-3 - The Edoardo Amaldi

ESA/CNES/Arianespace/Optique Video du CSG - J.M. Guillon

The third ATV, is named after famous Italian physicist and spaceflight pioneer Edoardo Amaldi. Edoardo Amaldi was a leading figure in Italian science in the 20th century, particularly in fundamental experimental physics.

ATV-3 - The Edoardo Amaldi Emblem

ESA

The third Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-3), to be launched to the International Space Station in March 2012, is named after Italian physicist and spaceflight pioneer Edoardo Amaldi.

Liftoff of Ariane 5 VA205 Rocket with ATV-3

ESA - S. Corvaja, 2012

On Friday March 23, 2012, Ariane 5 VA205 with the third Automated Transfer Vehicle Edoardo Amaldi lifted off from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.

Liftoff of Ariane 5 VA205 Rocket with ATV-3

ESA - S. Corvaja, 2012

On Friday, March 23, 2012, Ariane 5 VA205 with the third Automated Transfer Vehicle Edoardo Amaldi lifted off from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.

Liftoff of Ariane 5 VA205 with ATV-3 Seen from the 90-M High Water Tower

ESA - S. Corvaja, 2012

On Friday, March 23, 2012, Ariane 5 VA205 with the third Automated Transfer Vehicle Edoardo Amaldi lifted off from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.

Liftoff of Ariane 5 VA205 with ATV-3 seen from the 90-M High Water Tower

ESA/S. Corvaja

On Friday, March 23, 2012, Ariane 5 VA205 with the third Automated Transfer Vehicle Edoardo Amaldi lifted off from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.

ATV-3 Skywatching Video Still

Marco Langbroek (sattrackcam.blogspot.com)

This still from a video by skywatcher Marco Langbroek shows the European Space Agency's space cargo ship ATV-3 as it passed over Leiden in the Netherlands on March 23, 2012.

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