European rocket launched from South America
The Ariane 5 rocket took off early Friday from the European Space Agency's launch site in French Guiana.
The rocket is placing in orbit an unmanned cargo ship named the "Edoardo Amaldi" in honor of a 20th century Italian physicist regarded as one of the fathers of European spaceflight. The space vehicle is carrying about 7 tons of cargo, including food, clothing, spare parts and propellant for the space station.
NASA says the Edoardo Amaldi is expected to remain at the station through early September. It will then undock and be commanded to deorbit and burn up during re-entry into Earth's atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean.