Capsule of ISS Experiment Samples Returns to Earth

Science Society Technology

Tokyo, Nov. 11 (Jiji Press)--A compact capsule containing experiment samples from the International Space Station re-entered the Earth's atmosphere after being detached from the Kounotori 7 unmanned cargo spacecraft and landed in the Pacific on Sunday morning.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, plans to retrieve the capsule as early as later on Sunday.

This will be the first time for Japan to collect samples from the ISS. Only the United States and Russia have carried out retrievals.

Kounotori 7 burned up when it re-entered the atmosphere. The capsule flew over waters off Ishikawa Prefecture and over the Izu Peninsula before making a parachute-assisted landing near Minamitorishima, a Pacific island some 1,800 kilometers from central Tokyo.

The re-entry capsule, shaped like a cone, is about 84 centimeters in diameter and 66 centimeters in height. It has a 30-liter double-layered vacuum insulation container developed by major Japanese thermos bottle and rice cooker maker Tiger Corp.

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