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H-II Transfer Vehicle KOUNOTORI (HTV)

HTV-1 reentered the atmosphere / HTV-1 mission completed

Last Updated: November 2, 2009

Following the third de-orbit maneuver, the HTV-1 has reentered the atmosphere at around 6:26 a.m. November 2, from 120 km above New Zealand, and it concluded the HTV-1 Mission, the maiden flight of Japan's unmanned cargo transfer vehicle to the ISS.

Most of the vehicle components are expected to be destroyed and burned out encountering the aerodynamic heating during the reentry, but some of the debris is estimated to survive and fall into the South Pacific Ocean.

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