Astronauts on board the International Space Station can count on a new means of resupply following the docking of Europe’s first Automated Transfer Vehicle last week. The 20-metric-ton freighter, which will complement the shuttle, Progress and Japan’s H-II Transfer Vehicle and fill a vital gapfiller role after the shuttle retires in 2010, maneuvered from a holding position 39 km. (24 mi.) beyond the ISS and conducted a 4-hr. stated approach with several stops at way positions for checks. ...


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