Japan’s HTV-2 cargo capsule departed the International Space Station on March 28, signaling a successful post-earthquake resumption of command and control over major ISS operations by flight controllers at the Tsukuba Space Center, northeast of Tokyo. The trash-laden freighter, christened Kounotori, is scheduled to make a destructive plunge into the Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean on March 29 at 11:09 p.m. EDT, concluding a successful 10-week mission for the second Japan ...


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