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Japanese Cargo Craft Docked With Station

September 18, 2009

The unpiloted Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) arrived at the International Space Station Thursday and was attached at 6:26 p.m. EDT using the station’s robotic arm.

Flight Engineers Nicole Stott, Robert Thirsk and Frank De Winne used the station’s robotic arm to grab the cargo craft and attach it to the Earth-facing port of the Harmony node.

After the activation of the HTV subsystems, Thirsk and De Winne will perform vestibule outfitting procedures to prepare it for ingress and unloading.

Launched Sept. 10 from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan, the HTV is carrying about five tons of supplies to the station on its maiden voyage.

Throughout the week, the Expedition 20 crew reviewed procedures and performed tests to prepare for the rendezvous and berthing of the cargo craft.

Image Caption: The station’s robotic arm attaches the unpiloted Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) to the Earth-facing port of the Harmony node. Credit: NASA TV

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