Loading ATV-5 cargo

This timelapse video shows the cargo loading process for ESA’s fifth and last Automated Transfer Vehicle, Georges Lemaître.

ATV-5 will deliver more than 2600 kg of dry cargo to the International Space Station and packing the cargo requires careful planning and execution because it has to endure the rigours of its launch that is set for this summer on an Ariane 5 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

All items are placed in standard bags and strapped tightly to the racks. The complete module is rotated to allow technicians to access the roof and floor compartments that become the walls after rotation. Astronauts in the Space Station can unload the bags in space from all sides as they float in weightlessness.

The technicians are wearing cleanroom suits to prevent contaminating the cargo and spaceship. Living in space weakens human immune systems and every precaution is taken to avoid taking harmful bacteria and viruses to the orbital complex. 

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Wireless Innovation setzt für mobile Büros und kritische Kommunikationsdienste für Geschäftskunden auf KA-SAT

Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) und Wireless Innovation, ein führender Anbieter drahtloser Kommunikationsdienste aus einer Hand, haben einen Nutzungsvertrag für den High Throughput Satelliten KA-SAT von Eutelsat geschlossen. Wireless Communications kann nun mit Kapazitäten dieses Satelliten Geschäftskunden aus den Bereichen Versorgungswirtschaft, Erneuerbare Energien, Bau, Vermögensmanagement und Militär kritische Kommunikationsdienste sowie die zeitlich begrenzte Anbindung mobiler Büros anbieten.

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Texas Music Students to Perform Live with Space Station Astronaut

Expedition 39 commander Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, currently aboard the International Space Station, will make space-to-Earth musical connections with students in Texas this week to share and explore the relationship between the arts and space exploration.

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Me and My Shadow

Saturn's rings cast shadows on the planet, but the shadows appear to be inside out! The edge of Saturn's outermost A ring can be seen at the top left corner of the image.  Moving towards the bottom of the page, one can see the faint Cassini Division, the opaque B ring and the innermost C ring, which contains several ringlets that appear dark against Saturn in this geometry.  The bottom half of the image features the shadows of these rings in reverse order superposed against the disk of the planet: the C ring, the B ring, the Cassini Division and the inner half of the A ring. This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 28 degrees below the ringplane. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Dec. 2, 2013, using a spectral filter which preferentially admits wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 752 nanometers. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 750,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 57 degrees. Image scale is 45 miles (72 kilometers) per pixel. The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo. For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission, visit http://www.nasa.gov/cassini and http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov. The Cassini imaging team homepage is at http://ciclops.org. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

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USAFA cadets make finals of National CCDC

Cadets from the United States Air Force Academy Cyber Competition Team participated in the finals of the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in San Antonio, Texas, April 25-27. 

The competition focused on time management to perform against the clock, application of practical knowledge in real time and teamwork to create a sound strategy, according to the CCDC website. 

"The Air Force Academy is committed to producing highly technically

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Thule Air Base continues Operation Boxtop support

At the northernmost permanently inhabited place on earth, approximately 508 miles from the North Pole, more than 60 personnel conduct signals intelligence at Canadian Forces Station Alert, and its detachment stations.

By nature of their austere geographical location and with limited access during the year, the station requires a large semiannual resupply mission to get them through the harsh Greenland winters and operate at full capability to complete their mission.

Each year, two operations, titled Operation Boxtop 1 and Operation Boxtop 2, are conducted from Thule Air Base, Greenland, with the primary mission of delivering ultra-low sulfur diesel, called JP-8 fuel, and mobile support equipment. This year, a Royal Canadian Air Force C-17 Globemaster III and three C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 8th Wing Canadian Forces Base in Trenton, Canada, are carrying the cargo to resupply CFS Alert with support from the 821st Mission Support Group at Thule A

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