Posted by BC on March 24th, 2008
Jules Verne is the name of a cargo carrier that was sent into orbit to carry supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). Named after the famous French science-fiction author, the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) will carry materials to the space station, stay docked for an extended time, then after astronauts fill it with “unneeded materials” (trash) it will come back through the atmosphere. Upon reentry it will burn, destroying itself and the material inside.
The European Space Agency designed the unmanned craft, and the ATV is soon to dock with ISS. The Jules Verne is currently in a parking orbit that is not far from ISS, but it will go through some manoeuvres on March 29 and 31, then it will dock on April 03.
The Jules Verne ATV is visible from the ground as it passes overhead, and you can follow it by linking onto the NASA satellite prediction page. You can also follow the progress of ATV activities and find out more information on the Jules Verne through its page.