The Japanese Aerospace Research Service (JAXA) on 11 November successfully launched a capsule launched from a Japanese unmanned spacecraft and landed in the Pacific Ocean.
It marked the first time that Japan successfully collected samples of scientific experiments from the International Space Station (ISS), said JAXA.
According to JAXA, the capsule was released at an altitude of approximately 300 kilometers at 6:20 am. on Nov. 11 by the spacecraft Kounotori 7, which was separated from the ISS on November 8th.
After the release, the capsule entered the atmosphere about 100 km. Above the Japanese archipelago while maintaining its orientation. Then, parachute down, landing in the sea around 7:05 am
A ship waited for the disaster gathered the capsule into the sea from Minami-Torishima island of Ogasawara Island at 10:30 am. about.
The conical circular capsule has a diameter of 84 centimeters and a height of 66 centimeters and weighs about 180 kilograms.
The stainless steel container can maintain its interior at a temperature of 4 degrees for long periods of time, even if its outside is exposed to high temperatures up to about 2000 degrees when re-entering.
It contains about one kilogram of samples, including proteins crystallized in the ISS.