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Japan supply vehicle reaches Int'l Space Station

Japan supply vehicle reaches Int'l Space Station

An unmanned Japanese space vehicle has reached the International Space Station.
Japan's space agency JAXA says the transport vehicle "Kounotori2" was grabbed by the ISS's robotic arm just before midnight Thursday (1500 GMT).
It will take several hours to dock.
The transporter was launched on a rocket from a Japanese island Saturday.
The vehicle carries nearly six tons of food, water, clothing and experimental equipment to the astronauts, who are part of an international project involving 15 nations.
After dropping off its cargo and picking up waste, "Kounotori2" head back to Earth and will burn up upon re-entering the atmosphere.
Such projects have become more important since the U.S. retired its space shuttle program, limiting NASA's ability to launch supplies.


Updated : 2021-06-13 20:38 GMT+08:00