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Japan's Kounotori Docked With Space Station
2012-07-28 05:43:16

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After its quick journey through space, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-3) docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday. The spacecraft launched aboard an H-IIB launch vehicle from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan on July 20. On Friday, expedition 32 Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide used the station's Canadarm 2 robotic arm to install the vehicle to its Harmony node....

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2009-11-02 12:07:44

After completing a mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in September, Japan's new space freighter burned up in the Earth's atmosphere on Friday, BBC News reported. The H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) hauled up some 4.5 tons of supplies to the ISS, including scientific equipment for its Kibo laboratory. Once its mission was complete, the vehicle's engines fired it into a controlled but destructive dive over the Pacific. The Japanese space agency said the freighter re-entered Earth's...

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2009-07-23 06:55:00

The third spacewalk outside the International Space Station yesterday ended after five hours, 59 minutes when a potential problem occurred with the carbon dioxide scrubbing device on one of the spacewalker's suits concerned flight controllers in Mission Control. Mission specialists Dave Wolf and Chris Cassidy began the STS-127 mission's third spacewalk at 9:32 a.m. and ended it at 3:31 p.m. when Cassidy's CO2 levels increased more than expected as the two were in the midst of installing six...

2009-07-15 17:51:00

CANOGA PARK, Calif., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Three Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSME) successfully powered the launch of the final components of the Japanese Experiment Module aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour on Mission STS-127 today. The SSME is the world's only fully reusable high performance rocket engine rated for human space flight. Endeavour launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center on the 29(th) flight to the International Space Station (ISS). Pratt &...

2009-07-15 17:13:00

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Space Shuttle Endeavour lifted off today on a 16-day mission to deliver the final components of the Japanese Kibo complex that will expand the International Space Station's (ISS) scientific facilities. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080407/LAM060LOGO) The Japanese Experiment Module-Exposed Facility (EF) will serve as a multipurpose platform where experiment payloads are exposed to the external space environment. The...

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2009-07-03 15:10:00

The International Space Station (ISS) is about to make a remarkable series of flybys over the United States. Beginning this 4th of July weekend, the station will appear once, twice, and sometimes three times a day for many days in a row. No matter where you live, you should have at least a few opportunities to see the biggest spaceship ever built.The ISS has been under construction for nearly 11 years, and it has grown very large and very bright. The station is now more than 350 ft wide...

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2009-06-12 14:20:00

A Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency researcher said Friday that Japan and India are planning to launch their first joint space research project this year, which will include an experiment to grow plants in zero gravity. The countries are going to launch an Indian-made satellite in October, which will carry Japanese laboratory equipment that is set to orbit for a week at a height of 370 miles. Noriaki Ishoika, a professor for Japan's space agency JAXA, said the satellite will look for growth...

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2008-11-11 13:10:00

Japan's space agency announced Tuesday it is set to hit another milestone in sending the country's first astronaut mother into space. Naoko Yamazaki, mother of a 6-year-old girl, will board Atlantis, set to lift off sometime after February 2010 for a two-week flight, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said. Atlantis will carry materials to the International Space Station, officials said. Japanese women are still under-represented in many fields, including business and politics,...

2008-06-14 21:00:04

MOSCOW. June 14 (Interfax-AVN) - U.S. space shuttle Discovery has returned to the Earth after a two-week mission. Discovery, launched on June 1, took the chief section of the Japanese Kibo module to the International Space Station ISS and spares for the station's only toilet. The mission has involved three spacewalks during which Kibo was installed, a nitrogen tank used in the station's cooling system was replaced and other tasks were carried out. Discovery, which landed on Cape...

2008-06-10 17:09:35

HOUSTON — The seven astronauts of NASA's shuttle Discovery bid an emotional farewell to the three-man crew of the International Space Station (ISS) Tuesday after more than a week of construction work to install the orbiting lab's largest room. Discovery commander Mark Kelly and his crew said goodbye to the space station astronauts with wide smiles and hugs before shutting the hatches between their two spacecraft. The shuttle is due to undock from the station Wednesday at 7:42...


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