Thursday, October 10, 2019

Japan's HTV-8 & Canadarm2 | International Space Station
The Kounotori H-II Transfer Vehicle 8 (HTV-8) from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is pictured attached to the International Space Station's Harmony module. The HTV-8 is loaded with more than four tons of supplies, spare parts and experiment hardware for the crew aboard the orbiting laboratory.

Named Kounotori, meaning “white stork” in Japanese, the craft delivered six new lithium-ion batteries and corresponding adapter plates that will replace aging nickel-hydrogen batteries for two power channels on the station’s far port truss segment. The batteries will be installed through a series of robotics and spacewalks the station’s crew members will conduct later this year.

Additional experiments on board HTV-8 include an upgrade to the Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF-L), a small-sized satellite optical communication system (SOLISS), and a payload for testing the effects of gravity on powder and granular material (Hourglass).

The Canadian Space Agency's Canadarm2 is a 17-meter-long robotic arm. The Canadian robotic arm lends a helping hand to:
1) perform International Space Station maintenance
2) move supplies, equipment, Dextre and even astronauts
3) perform "cosmic catches" by grappling visiting vehicles and berthing them to the ISS

Original timelapse by Riccardo Rossi (ISAA)
Italian Space and Astronautics Association (ISAA)

Raw imagery courtesy of Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth: http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov
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Music: "Peaceful Calm Ambient" by DHDMusic - Attribution-Non-Commercial 4.0 International License -
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Timelapse HD 1080p video

Credit: AstronautiCAST/JSC
Duration: 3 minutes, 7 seconds
Capture Date: September 29, 2019
Release Date: October 4, 2019


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