The KOUNOTORI2 reentered Earth’s atmosphere at 0:09 p.m. on March 30, over the East Coast of New Zealand. The KOUNOTORI2 successfully completed its cargo supply mission to the ISS.
On March 30, the KOUNOTORI2 (HTV2) performed three de-orbit maneuvers for reentry into Earth’s atmosphere. The third and final de-orbit maneuver was completed at 11:44 a.m.
The KOUNOTORI2 (HTV2), which was unberthed from Harmony (Node 2) and moved to the release position below the ISS by the SSRMS, was released from the SSRMS at 0:46 a.m., March 29, 2011.
The crew members aboard the International Space Station (ISS) folded paper cranes (origami cranes) wishing for the early restoration for all those affected by the Tohoku-Kanto Earthquake in Japan.
JAXA plans to provide live coverage of KOUNOTORI2 (HTV2) release/separation operations on live webcast (Japanese only). Live report* of KOUNOTORI2 re-entry will also be provided on the webcast.
Kibo and KOUNOTORI operations from the mission control rooms at the Space Station Operations Facility (SSOF) at JAXA's Tsukuba Space Centre (TKSC) were resumed at 4:00 p.m. on March 22, 2011.
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