Video: Japanese Cargo Ship Arrives at the International Space Station

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A Japanese cargo ship loaded with nearly four tons of supplies and equipment Loaded has arrived at the International Space Station on Dec. 13 four days after its launch from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan.

The HTV-6, or Kounotori, cargo ship, mounted atop a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIB rocket, completed its rendezvous to the station and was captured by Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA and Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency operating the Canadarm2 robotic arm from the station’s cupola.

The repaired cargo ship will be an especially welcome addition to the station now, coming less than two weeks after a Russian Progress freighter carrying 2.5 tons of equipment and supplies was destroyed during its launch on Dec. 1 following a malfunction of some sort in the Soyuz booster’s third stage.

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