Einstein in Space.

The European Space Agency (ESA) launched an Automated Transfer Vehicle-4 (ATV-4) to resupply the International Space Station today.  In honor of the most famous physicist of all time, the ESA named the craft “Albert Einstein.”

Albert lifted off from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on June 5, 2013.  Albert  is the fourth of five planned ISS resupply trips.

The three previous ATVs were named for Jules Verne, Johannes Kepler and Edoardo Amaldi.

Ariane 5 VA213 carrying ATV Albert Einstein lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana at 21:52 GMT on June 5, 2013. Credit: ESA/Arianspace.

ATV-4 will take a leisurely 10 days to reach the station, with docking scheduled for June 15.

I wonder what the real Albert would think?

– Ex astris, scientia –

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