Johannes Kepler ATV Readied for Launch

An unmanned Ariane rocket is scheduled to launch the Johannes Kepler ATV cargo vessel into orbit on Tuesday in Europe’s second mission to carry supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). The modified Ariane launcher will lift off at 7.08p.m. (2208 GMT) from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on the northeast coast of South America, carrying a 20 ton cargo module, the heaviest payload ever launched on an Ariane rocket.


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