Japan's Kounotori 7 Cargo Ship Docks with ISS

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Tokyo, Sept. 28 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Kounotori 7 unmanned cargo spacecraft docked with the International Space Station on Friday.

After the docking at 3:08 a.m. (6:08 p.m. Thursday GMT), an astronaut from the ISS entered the spacecraft around 4:40 a.m.

Kounotori 7 is scheduled to separate from the ISS in early November after delivering items such drinking water, food and Japanese-made large lithium-ion batteries to be installed at the ISS.

These items weigh about 6.2 tons in total, the heaviest-ever load transported by a Kounotori vehicle.

A compact capsule attached to Kounotori 7 to collect experimental samples will be detached just before the spacecraft re-enters the Earth's atmosphere.

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