Japan to Launch Cargo to Space Station
SPACE.com Download time: Jan 21 2011 1:31 PM ET
apan is poised to launch its second-ever unmanned cargo vessel to the International Space Station early Saturday morning (Jan. 22). The vessel, which was initially scheduled to launch Thursday (Jan 20), was delayed due to poor weather forecasts.
The spacecraft, called Kounotori 2 ("Kounotori" is Japanese for "white stork"), is slated to lift off from Japan's Tanegashima Space Center at 12:37 a.m. EST (0537 GMT, or 2:37 p.m. local time in Japan). The cargo ship will launch atop Japan's H2B rocket, according to the Japanese space agency JAXA.
If everything goes according to plan, Kounotori 2 will arrive at the station on Jan. 27, delivering 5.3 tons of food, supplies and spare parts.…
See SPACE.com for links to further info.