TOKYO: Japan launched a cargo ship on Friday bound for the International Space Station (ISS), carrying a ‘space junk’ collector that was made with the help of a fishnet company.
The cargo ship is also carrying other materials for the ISS including batteries and drinking water for the astronauts living there.
“Have a safe flight,” French astronaut Thomas Pesquet said in a tweet from the space station. “Looking forward to your arrival!”
The capsule — called Kounotori, or white stork — contains nearly 5 tons of food, water and other supplies, including six new lithium-ion batteries for the station’s solar power system. Astronauts will conduct spacewalks next month to replace the old nickel-hydrogen batteries that store energy generated by the station’s big solar panels… see more
source: times of india