April 4, 2014
(28 March 2011) --- Backdropped by Earth's horizon and the blackness of space, the International Space Station's Canadarm2 unberths the unpiloted Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kounotori2 H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV2), filled with trash and unneeded items, in preparation for its release from the station. NASA astronaut Cady Coleman and European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli, both Expedition 27 flight engineers, used the station's robot arm to grapple the HTV2 and unberth it from the Earth-facing port of the Harmony node. The cargo craft was released at 11:46 a.m. (EDT) on March 28, 2011.
Topics: Environment, Canadian space program, Space technology, Spaceflight, Kounotori 2, Catherine Coleman, Expedition 27, Canadarm2, Japanese space program, Unmanned resupply spacecraft, Canadarm, International Space Station, Russia