On March 28, 2012 at 22:31 UTC (on March 29 at 02:31 Moscow time) the European ATV-3 "Edoardo Amaldi” unmanned supply spacecraft docked to the International Space Station. The spacecraft docked to the Russian "Zvezda” ("Star”) module. ATV-3 delivered to the ISS about 6590 kilograms of cargo including fuel, water, food and other necessities.
Named Edoardo Amaldi after an Italian physicist and space pioneer, the ATV-3 will stay at the space station until late summer. Edoardo Amaldi is the third Automated Transfer Vehicle built by EADS Astrium for the European Space Agency.
After Edoardo Amaldi and previous ATV missions in 2008 and 2011, two more European ” unmanned supply spacecraft are under construction for launch in 2013 and 2014. Each mission costs about 450 million euros.