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HTV-3 Released by Canadarm2 for Disposal over Pacific

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:00 pm via: NASA
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Robotic arm operators Aki Hoshide and Joe Acaba, both Expedition 32 Flight Engineers, commanded Canadarm2 to release the HTV-3 at 11:50 a.m. Wednesday. The Japanese cargo craft, filled with trash, will descend into the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean for a fiery disposal.

Hoshide and Acaba earlier commanded the Canadarm2 to grapple and unberth the HTV-3 from the Harmony node. Unberthing from the Earth-facing port of Harmony occurred at 7:50 a.m. EDT.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched the HTV-3 from the Tanegashima Space Center on July 20. The cargo craft arrived at the International Space Station on July 27.

Acaba and Hoshide were again at the robotics workstation controls when they captured the HTV-3 with the Canadarm2. They then berthed the 16.5-ton resupply vehicle to Harmony.

The HTV-3, also known as Kounotori3, delivered food and clothing, an aquatic habitat experiment, an Earth observation camera and other parts and supplies. The HTV-3 also supplied cargo that was attached to an experiment platform on the outside of the Kibo module.

Acaba along with Expedition 32 Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin are scheduled to return home Sunday at 10:53 p.m. when they land in Kazakhstan. They will undock in the Soyuz TMA-04M from the Poisk module marking the official beginning of Expedition 33. New station Commander Suni Williams and Flight Engineers Aki Hoshide and Yuri Malenchenko will stay on the International Space Station until Nov. 12.

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