Japan’s unmanned H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) finished the final leg of its mission in a blaze of glory Monday morning Japan Standard Time, burned up by temperatures of 2,000 degrees centigrade as it entered the Earth’s atmosphere. The re-entry concluded Japan’s first demonstration mission of its vehicle for supplying the International Space Station (ISS). HTV Flight Director Koji Yamanaka said, “We have learned a great deal from this mission, such as procedures involved in space ...


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