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ATV flown covers.
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Total 1200 such covers were delivered to the ISS by ATV Jules Verne.

ATV – Automated Transfer Vehicle (unmanned supply spacecraft).
The covers traveled the following way:
• In October 2007 they were put into the CTB#1449 at Thales Alenia Space plant (Italy) in order to fly with the ATV Jules Verne up to the ISS. CTB – Cargo Transfer Bag.
• In early December 2007 the CTB#1449 was put on board the ATV.
• On March 9, 2008 the ATV Jules Verne was launched by Arian 5 ES rocket-carrier from Kourou Cosmodrome.
• On April 3, 2008 the ATV Jules Verne docked with the International Space Station.
• Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko (Expedition 16) carried the CTB#1449 from ATV into the ISS.
• In according to the agreement between Russian Space Agency and ESA (European Space Agency), the Russian members of Expedition 17, cosmonauts Sergey Volkov and Oleg Kononenko marked 25 ATV covers with the ISS octagonal board seal and autographed them.
• In November 2008 during the Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-126 mission to the ISS, the CTB#1449 with the ATV covers were carried from the ISS into the Leonardo MPLM (Multi Purpose Logistics Module).
• On November 26, 2008 the Leonardo MPLM was undocked from the ISS and put into the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s cargo compartment.
• On November 28, 2008 Endeavour undocked from the ISS.
• The covers were returned to Earth on November 30, 2008 on board the Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-126 mission, which landed at Edwards Air Force base in California.
• On February 04, 2009 the CTB#1449 was removed from the Leonardo MPLM and the covers were picked up from the CTB#1449 at Kennedy Space Center in order to postmark them at KSC post office.


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