All eyes on Europe's Jules Verne spacecraft

2019-02-26 03:16:06

By David Robson IN THE late 1800s Jules Verne spun tales about space travel long before humans had ever left their planet. Now his namesake is undertaking an autonomous space manoeuvre even the great author couldn’t have imagined. At stake is Europe’s future role in international space missions and the fate of technology that could be used to explore Mars and other planets. The European Space Agency (ESA) launched the Jules Verne automated transfer vehicle (ATV) on 9 March,