You know those amazeballs space shots from 2001. Those shots where you thought: yes, that's how the future must look like. Well, my friends, look at this spectacular image taken as the Automated Transfer Vehicle-3 docks with the ISS. The future, it seems, is here.
We've seen so many simulated spaceship-to-space station docking in movies and on television, but it's rare to see such a lovely photo of a real-life docking. This is the European Space Agency's ATV-3, just as it's about to dock to the International Space Station.
The International Space Station (ISS) is far from self-sufficient. To shuttle food and equipment resupplies up to the station, the European Space Agency (ESA) relies on a fleet of disposable Automated Transfer Vehicles (ATVs) like the recently launched Edoardo Amaldi.