ISS parts with Konotori cargo ship


An unmanned transport ship from Japan was spun off from the International Space Station Wednesday after bringing in about 5.4 tons of supplies, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said.

After being reloaded with rubbish, used U.S. science equipment and other unnecessary items, Konotori No. 4 was released into space by a robotic arm on the ISS shortly after 9 p.m., JAXA said.

The ship is expected to enter the atmosphere and burn up Saturday afternoon. This time, a sphere-shaped “i-Ball” camera is in place to videotape its fiery dive into the atmosphere.