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Jules Verne, the first of the European Space Agencys Automated Transfer Vehicles (ATV), a new series of autonomous spaceships designed to re-supply and re-boost the International Space Station (ISS), was successfully launched into low Earth orbit by an Ariane 5 vehicle this morning.
During the coming weeks, it will manoeuvre in order to rendezvous and eventually dock with the ISS to deliver cargo, propellant, water and oxygen to the orbital outpost.

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Europe's ATV has lifted off from French Guiana on a mission to resupply the International Space Station (ISS).
The Automated Transfer Vehicle is the biggest and most complex spacecraft Europe has ever tried to put in orbit.
The 20-tonne unmanned cargo ship left the Kourou spaceport at 0403 GMT, riding atop an Ariane 5 rocket.

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The Ariane 5 rocket with Jules Verne, Automated Transfer Vehicle was successfully launched from Kourou, French Guiana.

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Yesterdays roll-out of Ariane 5 ES and Jules Verne ATV started over 3 hours late after an anomaly with the mobile air conditioning unit. Once underway, transportation of the 760-tonne launcher and Jules Verne from the Final Assembly Building at Europes Spaceport to the launch complex 3 (ELA 3) proceeded without a hitch.
Around 300 people watched from a safe distance as the huge 2000-tonne platform carried the 57 metre-high Ariane 5 launcher to the launch pad at Europes Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

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The Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) can carry up to 7.6 tonnes of supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). Its other primary role is to push the orbiting outpost higher into the sky to keep it from falling back to Earth.
The ATV will launch on an Ariane 5 rocket from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana at 0403 GMT on March 9th.


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The Launch Readiness Review (RAL) took place in Kourou on Thursday, March 6, 2008 and authorised count-down operations for the ATV Jules Verne launch. For its first mission of the year, Arianespace will launch the first Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), dubbed Jules Verne, for the European Space Agency (ESA).
Right from this first launch, the ATV will play a vital role in bringing supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). It will be launched from the Ariane launch complex N 3 (ELA3), in Kourou, French Guiana.

The ARIANE 5 "ES" Launcher Lift-Off for this flight is scheduled during the night of March 8 to 9, 2008 at exactly:

UTC: 4:03 am on March 9, 2008.
PARIS: 5:03 am on March 9, 2008.
KOUROU: 1:03 am on March 9, 2008.
MOSCOW: 7:03 am on March 9, 2008.


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