A Capsule collected on Nov. 11 in the sea about 660 kilometers south-southeast of Minami-Torishima island (Provided by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on Nov. 11 successfully retrieved a capsule that was jettisoned from a Japanese unmanned cargo spacecraft and landed in the Pacific Ocean.
It marked the first time that Japan successfully collected specimens of scientific experiments from the International Space Station (ISS), JAXA said.
According to JAXA, the capsule was released at an altitude of 300 kilometers at around 6:20 a.m. on Nov. 11 from the cargo spacecraft Kounotori 7, which had separated from the ISS on Nov. 8.
After the release, the capsule entered the atmosphere about 100 km above the Japanese archipelago while maintaining its orientation.
The circular cone-shaped capsule is 84 centimeter in diameter and 66 cm in height and weighs about 180 kilograms.
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