• Kyodo News


Japan’s first unmanned cargo vehicle was attached to the International Space Station on Friday, completing the first step needed to unload observation equipment and supplies.

Astronauts on the station secured the HTV, as the vehicle is called, using a robot arm after it came within 10 meters of the ISS. The successful acquisition of the vehicle gives new hope for manned spaceship development and its future role in transporting supplies to the space station after U.S. space shuttles are decommissioned as early as in 2010.

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