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MCC-Houston: “Station, you have a GO for grapple!” Japans Kounotori2 –or ‘White Stork’ – cargo carrier rendezvous with the International Space Station on Jan. 27, 2010. It was grappled by the ISS crew and firmly bolted to the station today. Earth in the background. Multiple ISS modules and Space Station Robotic arm in foreground. ISS Twitpic Credit: NASA/Paolo Nespoli Watch the beautiful Video highlights below with our gorgeous Earth as backdrop !

Japans critical new resupply spaceship – nicknamed Kounotori2, (HTV2) – was successfully berthed today (Jan. 27) at the International Space Station (ISS). Kounotori2 – which translates as ‘White Stork’ in Japanese – was grappled by the ISS crew and then manually nested to an Earth facing docking port on the Harmony module.

Kounotori2 was launched aboard a Japanese H-IIB rocket from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan at 12:37 a.m. (2:27 p.m. Japan time) on Jan. 22 to begin a five day orbital chase of the station.

View the Video and a Photo album below of the rendezvous and docking sequence (…) Read the rest of Japans White Stork Kounotori Grappled and Nested at Space Station: Video,Photo Album (904 words)

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