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A Japanese unmanned cargo ship plunged into the atmosphere over the South Pacific early Wednesday after completing a supply mission to the International Space Station (ISS), the Japanese space agency said.

The Kounotori 5 was loaded with 4.6 tons of waste and observational equipment when it separated from the space station Tuesday. Most of the ship is presumed to have burned up in reentry though some parts may have plunged into the southern Pacific.

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