On this day in 2009, Japan’s HTV-1 was launched on a maiden flight to resupply the International Space Station. HTV-1 arrived seven days later, and was grappled by the station’s Canadarm and docked to the Harmony port.
This mission solidified Japan’s place as a critical partner of the ISS, and continued a long legacy of technical expertise in Japan’s aerospace sector. Japan’s HTV-5 spacecraft docked with the ISS late last month, and continued a record of perfect resupply missions conducted by JAXA, Japan’s aerospace agency.
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