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A robotic Japanese resupply ship has launched toward the International Space Station (ISS), kicking off a five-day orbital chase.
The HTV-7 freighter — which is loaded with more than 5 tons (4.5 metric tons) of science gear, food, fuel and other supplies — lifted off atop an H-II rocket from Japan's Tanegashima Space Center today (Sept. 22) at 1:52 p.m. EDT (1752 GMT; 2:52 a.m. on Sept. 23 Japan standard time).
Plan - HTV-7 - Lab - Thursday - Morning
If all goes according to plan, HTV-7 will arrive at the orbiting lab early Thursday morning (Sept. 27), NASA officials said.
The Japanese HTV-7 cargo resupply ship launches to the International Space Station on Sept. 22, 2018.
HTV-7 - Flight - Sept - Liftoff - Typhoon
HTV-7 was originally scheduled to take flight Sept. 10, but that liftoff was canceled because Typhoon Mangkhut was forecast to bring terrible weather to Guam, where a key Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) tracking station is located. Bad weather around Tanegashima and an issue with the freighter's rocket conspired to delay the...
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