December 12, 2013
(12 Sept. 2012) --- With an oblique view of the southwest coast of Morocco serving as a backdrop, the International Space Station's Canadarm2 grasps the unpiloted Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-3), filled with trash and unneeded items, in preparation for its release from the station. JAXA astronaut Aki Hoshide and NASA astronaut Joe Acaba, both Expedition 32 flight engineers, used the station's robot arm to grapple the HTV-3 and undock it from the Earth-facing port of the Harmony node. The cargo craft was released at 11:50 a.m. (EDT) on Sept. 12, 2012. Cape Rhir is at lower left and part of the Anti-Atlas mountain range can be seen just inland.
Topics: Japanese space program, Unmanned resupply spacecraft, Spaceflight, Expedition 32, H-II Transfer Vehicle, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Akihiko Hoshide, Canadarm2, Space stations, International Space Station, Manned spacecraft, Human spaceflight