The unpiloted Japanese H-IIB Transfer Vehicle, or HTV-7, left the International Space Station Nov. 7 after a six-week delivery mission to bring scientific experiments, supplies and new batteries for the station’s power system to the orbital outpost. Expedition 57 Commander Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, backed up by NASA Flight Engineer Serena Aunon-Chancellor used the Canadarm2 robotic arm to release the resupply vehicle, after which a series of engine firings moved the craft to a safe distance away from the station. The HTV-7 will be deorbited on Nov. 10 by Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency engineers, headed for a reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere, where it will burn up harmlessly over the Pacific Ocean.
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