Jules Verne pays the International Space Station a visit

Check it out: That's the Jules Verne ATV (or Automated Transfer Vehicle), an unmanned resupply spacecraft launched by the European Space Agency to help ferry materials to the International Space Station in orbit. The ATV's been on test runs for the past three weeks and has been given the green light by the crew of the ISS to dock on April 3rd.

The shot above was taken by Cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, a Russian flight engineer on board the ISS. Malenchenko fixed a whopping 800mm lens, the same kind used for Shuttle RPM photography by researchers to asses flight damage, to a digital camera to take the picture.

ESA, via EurekAlert!