Space: Japanese cargo docks successfully with Space Station
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- Space: Japanese cargo docks successfully with Space Station
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- Earth Orbit, Japan
- August 9, 2013, 12:40 (GMT)
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- space, ISS, space station, Japan
After launching from the Tanegashima Space Centre on Saturday, Japan's HTV-4 spacecraft connected with the International Space Station on Friday at 6.22 CST without a hitch.
NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy and Karen Nyberg executed the complex remote operation, which involved using a robotic arm to capture the 16-ton ship, as it hovered 30 feet below the lab.
The fourth HTV cargo mission is packed with 8,600 pounds of cargo, including food and hygiene supplies, and 11,900 pounds of equipment for conducting experiments. The ship is unmanned, but contains a small humanoid robot known as Kirobo, created by the University of Tokyo Centre for Advanced Science and Technology.
Six astronauts are currently aboard the ISS as part of Expedition 36. The crew are to conduct five spacewalks during their time there, including one on November 9 in which they will take the Olympic torch outside the station module as part of the traditional relay ahead of the 2014 Sochi winter games.