European Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station

MOSCOW (September 29, 2012)--The European Space Agency says its cargo craft has successfully undocked Saturday from the International Space Station after a failed separation caused by communication problems earlier in the week.

The ATV-3 detached from the Russian service module early Saturday and is expected to leave orbit and be jettisoned Tuesday into an unpopulated area of the South Pacific.

The ATV-3 was launched in March from a facility in the South American country of French Guiana with more than seven tons of food, water and other supplies for the space station.

It’s loaded with waste for disposal.

Three astronauts are set to travel to the space station next month, bringing to six the number of crew members at the orbiting laboratory.


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