Last launch for Europe's space cargo freighter

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Last launch for Europe's space cargo freighter

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The European Space Agency’s Ariane 5 Rocket has lifted off from French Guiana on a 14-day mission to the International Space Station. (ISS).

It is carrying an Automated Transfer Vehicle which is loaded up with more than 7 tons of fuel, food and supplies.

The launch marks the beginning of the end for the venerable line of European cargo spacecraft.

It’s being phased out in favour of a much larger US-built commercial cargo vessel which is more compatible with the Russian segment of the space station.

The unmanned ATV-5 is the last of Europe’s space freighters which have been supplying the orbiting lab since 2008.