Japan's White Stork Soars as HTV-4 Rockets into Orbit

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Video courtesy of NASA Television

Two weeks after the metaphorical bird brought joy to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, a high-tech stork of a different kind is presently winging its way to the International Space Station, following a smooth liftoff from the Tanegashima Space Center. The Japan Aerospace Exploration […]

Japanese 'White Stork' Set to Bring Joy to Space Station Crew

Grasped by the station’s Canadarm2, the Exposed Pallet is transferred back to the HTV-3 Kounotori resupply craft in August 2012. The versatility of the HTV has been demonstrated on three previous missions. Photo Credit: NASA

Almost all references to cargo-carrying white storks in recent days have revolved inevitably around the Duke and Duchess […]