Japan supply vehicle reaches Int'l Space Station

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 27, 2011 18:25

TOKYO  — An unmanned Japanese space vehicle has reached the International Space Station.

Japan's space agency JAXA said the transport vehicle "Kounotori2" was grabbed by the ISS's robotic arm on Thursday.

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 US retired its space shuttle program, limiting NASA's ability to launch supplies.


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