Ready for liftoff: Arianespace’s Ariane 5 arrives at the launch pad with ATV Edoardo Amaldi

Ariane 5 is now in the launch zone for Arianespace's latest International Space Station servicing mission, which will loft Europe's third Automated Transfer Vehicle from the Spaceport in French Guiana on March 23.

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Tim Peake cave training

Caves are not only humid – they can be very wet.

ESA’s cave training prepares astronauts to work as an international team in real exploration conditions. Sending astronauts underground to survive and explore Sardinian caves in Italy for almost a week is just one element of their long training.

The Sardinian caves are isolated from the outside world. Astronauts need to get used to confined spaces, minimal privacy, technical challenges as well as limited equipment and supplies – just as in space.

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The Arianespace “Power of Three” strategy is spotlighted at Washington’s Satellite 2012 event

Arianespace's new "Power of Three" theme is making its industry debut at this week's Satellite 2012 event in Washington, D.C., where the company is underscoring the synergy, availability, reliability and commercial advantages of its full launcher family - while also adding new payloads to its order book.

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