Space Truckin’


Arianespace’s 200th mission will carry its heaviest payload: the ATV-2 Johannes Kepler.  The launch is set for 15 February 2011, from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. A space cargo robot, it will dock with the ISS at 28,000 k/ph. I like to call it a "space truck" — with fireworks. 

That’s right, fireworks. When its mission is done, it will re-enter the atmosphere and break up over the South Pacific. Awesome.