Watch the ATV Launch Live

by Nancy Atkinson on March 23, 2012

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UPDATE: The ATV launched successfully and is now on its way to the ISS, and we’ve switched out the live feed with a video replay. It will take about 6 days for the ATV 3 to rendezvous with the ISS and docking will take place on March 28th at 10:34PM UTC (06:34PM EDT).

The new ATV Edoardo Amaldi launched on its mission to the International Space Station early March 23/late March 22 at 4:34 UTC, (12:34 am EDT on the 24th). Europe’s third Automated Transfer Vehicle was launched on an Ariane 5 from the Spaceport in French Guiana to bring 7 tons of supplies to the space station.

Below is a short video shows the latest ATV’s construction all the way to the pre-launch preparations.


Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also works with Astronomy Cast, and is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

Simon Donaldson March 23, 2012 at 4:28 AM


Anyone else notice everyone inside Jupiter are old men? :P

EarthlingX March 23, 2012 at 6:11 AM

For those who prefer sleeping to rocket spotting, here’s a video :

Jeffrey Scott Boerst March 23, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Why was the audio almost unhearable? Anyone else have this issue?

Aqua4U March 23, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Thanks for posting this link Nancy.. wuz able to watch the launch live! I like!

Hematite March 23, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Count down in French … The guidance computer must have been programed to “retreat” from its launch site.

squidgeny March 23, 2012 at 8:36 PM


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