Watch Live as Japan All Set to Launch Cargo Mission to ISS



Japan’s H-IIB rocket carrying the “Kounotori” HTV-5 is at its launch pad at the Tanegashima Space Center.(JAXA)

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is all set to launch the twice-postponed cargo mission to International Space Station via its H-II Transport Vehicle (HTV)-5 in few hours from now on Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 7:50 am ET.

Watch it live on NASA TV.

JAXA, one of the partners of the ISS mission, is delaying the launch from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan due to bad weather for several days. The HTV-5 will carry more than 4.5 tons of supplies, including water, spare parts and experiment hardware for the six-person crew on the International Space Station.

The unmanned mission called named Kounotori, which means “white stork” in Japanese, will take 5 days to reach the ISS and deliver the cargo, which is crucial since the two missions by Russia and US private agencies have failed or aborted them in the past.

Rendezvous with the ISS is rescheduled for approximately 6:55 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 24. Meanwhile, the crew onboard ISS has participated in examinations for the ongoing Ocular Health study. Robonaut, the experimental humanoid robot, was powered up today so the crew could observe its mobility operations.

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