Georges Lemaître docks to ISS

Two weeks after lifting off from French Guiana the final European Automated Docking Vehicle Georges Lemaître (ATV5) docked with the International Space Station today. During the two week voyage the vehicle tested different technologies before performing a successful automated docking today.  Following the docking the latches between the vehicles were successfully closed.  Over the next two days leak checks and environment scrubbing will be performed before the crew can access the spacecraft on Thursday.

The vehicle will spending the next six months at the station where the cargo will be unloaded, if needed station re-boosts will be performed and when ready trash will be loaded to be burnt up in the atmosphere at the end of the ATV5 mission.

Below are some screen grabs of the docking process from NASA TV.

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