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Japan's unmanned HTV makes first flight to ISS

Japan's first unmanned cargo vehicle was attached to the International Space Station on Friday, completing the first step needed to unload observation equipment and supplies.

Astronauts on the station secured the HTV, as the vehicle is called, using a robot arm after it came within 10 meters of the ISS. The successful acquisition of the vehicle gives new hope for manned spaceship development and its future role in transporting supplies to the space station after U.S. space shuttles are decommissioned (閉鎖する、退役させる) as early as in 2010.

The HTV was put into orbit (軌道) last week on an HII-B rocket launched from Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture.

Japan is scheduled to launch seven domestically made HTV single-use vehicles through 2015, at a pace of one a year.

This time, the HTV transported around 4.5 tons of supplies, including freeze-dried food, bread, clothing and shampoo, as well as SMILES stratospheric observation (成層圏観測) equipment for Japan's Kibo laboratory module on the ISS.

The HTV, which is 10 meters long and 4.4 meters in diameter (直径), has a wide 1.2-sq.-meter entrance that allows it to carry large cargo other vehicles cannot transport.

宇宙については、人類はほとんど何も解明出来ていません。
逆に言うと、今後多くの発見がある学問ですね。
by yu-fen-sun | 2009-09-19 13:11 | 英語関連