Japan’s resupply ship, the H-II Transfer Vehicle-9 (HTV-9), is pictured attached to the International Space Station’s Harmony module. Stowed inside the Japanese space freighter is the HTV-8 cargo pallet that was brought up to the station on a previous resupply mission. The pallet contains old nickel-hydrogen batteries for disposal that were disconnected from the station during a series of spacewalks at the end of 2019.

Carrying four tons of supplies, water, spare parts and experiment hardware for the Expedition 63 crew aboard the International Space Station, HTV-9 launched from Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan on Wednesday, May 20 at 1:31 p.m. EDT (2:31 a.m. Thursday, May 21, Japan time).

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如图所示,日本的再补给船H-II运载器-9 (HTV-9)连接到国际空间站的和谐舱。装载在日本太空飞船里的是在先前的补给任务中被带到太空站的HTV-8货盘。该货盘装有待处理的旧镍氢电池,这些镍氢电池在2019年底的一系列太空行走中已与该站断开连接。



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