International Space Station Gets Christmas Gifts

Posted: Dec 14 2016, 7:20am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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International Space Station Gets Christmas Gifts
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  • Japan Delivers Christmas Gifts to the ISS

Japan and its space agency delivered Christmas gifts to the ISS. The astronauts got quite a surprise and their happiness knew no bounds.

Christmas gifts arrived on board the ISS recently thanks to Japan and its people who are getting ready to celebrate Christmas with joy and verve. A Japanese cargo ship loaded with the gifts docked at the orbiting space station about four days after its launch from earth.

The capsule was termed Kuonotori which means “White Stork” in Japanese, according to DailyMail. Almost five tons of food supplies, water rations, batteries and other odds and ends of equipment arrived on board the ISS.

Christmas presents were among the list of goods. They were for the two Americans, three Russians and one Frenchman aboard the ISS. The commander and the Frenchman Thomas Pesquet employed the robotic arm of the ISS to grab a hold of the capsule.

All this took place miles above Chile. The ground control in Houston and Japan offered a round of applause upon the accomplishment of this. Some of the Japanese even bowed in traditional salutation at the act of good will.

The crew on board the ISS were pretty excited like little kids at the arrival of the gifts. Many of them thanked the ground control personnel via radio facility.

Someone commented how the vehicle was beautiful and had fine performativity. A fortnight ago, a Russian supply ship was destroyed after it got launched.

Also one of NASA’s main suppliers is currently out of order. This is none other than Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Therefore, the Japanese delivery capsule was especially welcome.

Also the novel lithium ion batteries were required by the crew and their arrival was a big relief. Next month’s spacewalk will require these fuel supplies. These lithium ion batteries will take the place of the nickel hydrogen batteries of yore.

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