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Space station grabs supply ship

An unmanned Japanese space vehicle reached the International Space Station. Japan's space agency JAXA said the transport vehicle Kounotori2 (kuh-nah-TORR'-ee), launched on a rocket from a Japanese island Saturday, was grabbed by the station's robotic arm. After dropping off its cargo and picking up waste, the supply ship will head back to Earth and burn up upon re-entering the atmosphere. Such cargo ships will become more important as the United States retires its space shuttle fleet this year.

Space station grabs supply ship 01/27/11 [Last modified: Thursday, January 27, 2011 11:16pm]

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