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ESA's IXV Returns Safely to Earth

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posted on Feb, 11 2015 @ 10:09 AM
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ESA's IXV "near-space ship" vehicle, designed to replace the space-shuttle and to compete with the Russians in delivering astronauts into space-- took off inside a Vega rocket, separated according to plan, and its baptism of fire, the re-entry, worked perfectly. The whole flight took about 100 minutes and the vessel landed in the Pacific about 3000 kilometers west of the Galápagos Islands. "It couldn't have been better" said ESA boss Jean-Jacques Dordain after landing.



For more information, see www.esa.int...




posted on Feb, 11 2015 @ 10:15 AM
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a reply to: Utnapisjtim
Awesome!!!!



posted on Feb, 11 2015 @ 10:34 AM
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a reply to: NwFgHr

I love the design of the craft. Really slick and relevant, and I love the FLAPS, it has floppy feet! And looks rather like a Lego man

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posted on Feb, 11 2015 @ 11:12 AM
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Congratulations ESA!



posted on Feb, 11 2015 @ 01:50 PM
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a reply to: Utnapisjtim
It really does! I had no idea that they had a spacecraft that's this cool! Great find!



posted on Feb, 12 2015 @ 12:53 AM
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a reply to: Utnapisjtim

Nice booby



posted on Feb, 13 2015 @ 06:57 AM
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originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: Utnapisjtim

Nice booby


Thanks. Who knew there were ancient astronauts on the Galapagos?




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