Kounotori 2 approaching the ISS, 2011

Kounotori 2 approaching the ISS, 2011

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Caption: Kounotori 2 approaching the International Space Station (ISS) on 27 January 2011. This unmanned spacecraft carried several tons of food and supplies for the ISS. Built by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), it is also known as the H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV2). It was launched by an H-IIB rocket from the Tanegashima Space Centre in southern Japan on 22 January 2011. Docking to the ISS was completed at 14:51 UTC on 27 January 2011. Two months later, filled with waste, Kounotori 2 was deorbited, burning up in the Earth's atmosphere on 30 March 2011. Photographed by a member of the ISS Expedition 26 crew.

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