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Japanese rocket launches to replace space station batteries.

By Nariyoung Kim

A Japanese supply ship named the Kounotori (White Stork) was launched on Tuesday towards the International Space Station to install the six new lithium-ion batteries to the space station.

The Kounotori had to delay it’s launch due to the traces of fire to static electricity and oxygen propellant. The Japanese officials had detected this problem and corrected it.

The Japanese ship should arrive at the space station on Saturday.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is one of the organizations to make periodic station deliveries. The other organizations to send supplies on NASA’s behalf are Rosaviakosmos, SpaceX and Northrop Grumman. 

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