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Launch of ATV-2 seen from space
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- Title Launch of ATV-2 seen from space
- Released 17/02/2011 1:00 pm
- Copyright ESA/NASA
This remarkable photo was taken by ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli from the ISS on 16 February 2011, just minutes after ATV Johannes Kepler lifted off on board an Ariane 5 from Kourou at 22:50 UTC. It shows the rising exhaust trail of Ariane, still in its initial vertical trajectory. The trail can be seen as a thin streak framed just beneath the Station's remote manipulator arm.