Japan launches ‘space junk’ collector

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

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