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“Albert Einstein” Completes Mission

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“Albert Einstein” Completes Mission at Station

The European Space Agency’s fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-4), also known as the “Albert Einstein,” undocked from the aft port of the International Space Station’s Zvezda service module at 4:55 a.m. EDT Monday. Its departure sets the stage for the relocation of a Soyuz spacecraft currently docked at the station and the arrival of three new crew members.

Expedition 37 Flight Engineers Luca Parmitano and Oleg Kotov, who together closed up the hatches to the ATV-4 Friday, monitored the automated departure from a control panel inside Zvezda, ready to take control of the process if needed. Meanwhile Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Mike Hopkins photographed the departing space freighter to capture imagery of its docking assembly and a set of sensors at the forward end of the spacecraft.

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Goodbye Einstein

The Expedition 37 crew onboard the station closed the hatch and said goodbye to ATV-4 "Albert Einstein" cargo ship on Oct. 28. The ATV-4 resupply vehicle arrived at the station in mid-June, delivering more than 7 tons of food, fuel and supplies for the space station crew and . It will undock from the complex on Oct. 28 and will be deorbited Nov. 2 for a destructive entry back into the Earth's atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean.

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